Laughing Matters · Soviet Propaganda In Kruschchev’s Thaw, 1956-1964

April 10 – June 27, 2010

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This exhibition offers a unique and thematically coherent sample of propaganda posters from the “Thaw,” a period of post-Stalinist liberalization during Nikita Khrushchev’s ascendancy (1956-1964). The exhibition illuminates the changes in political rhetoric and iconography at a time when the Soviet Union encouraged an unprecedented “warming-up” in all social and cultural spheres and struggled to define a new imagery of Soviet collective purpose.