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

April 10 – June 27, 2010

  • (L to R): L: V. Fomichev, Popular Oversight, 1961-1962. Gouache on paper. Collection of Aimée Brown Price and Monroe Price, New York, NY.
    R: V. Fomichev, Synthetic Proteins, 1964. Gouache on paper. Collection of Aimée Brown Price and Monroe Price, New York, NY

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.