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Weapons of Mass Seduction: The Art of Propaganda

M.H. de Young Museum

This exhibition features a selection of World War I and II–era posters from the collection of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, shown alongside films, ephemera, and textiles from the 1910s to the 1940s. The design and content of these works demonstrate consistent strategies for selling ideas and manipulating public opinion that persist to the present day.


This is what SF/Arts curator Christian L. Frock had to say about Weapons of Mass Seduction: The Art of Propaganda :

This exhibition draws from the de Young’s vast collection of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts to present WW I and II propaganda posters as the show considers public messaging, from leaflet air drops to viral tweets. A special public program on June 23 features Buzzfeed’s Craig Silverman, NPR’s Laura Sydell and Craig Newmark of Craigslist to discuss the proliferation of fake news and how to fight it.

Event Info
Ends in 13 days:
May 05 → Oct 07
Tues – Sun 9:30 am – 5:15 pm
Tickets: $6 – $15, 17 and under free
de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco
Info: 415-750-3600
Venue: 863-3330
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