Spring 2017

Advance/Retreat: Prints and the Great War (Art History Capstone)

January 24-May 13, 2017

Advance/Retreat: Prints and the Great War is an Art History Capstone exhibition that explores the commentaries and reactions to the Great War by artists of the early 20th century. Many artists reflected on the war and the social climate of the time, while others sought refuge from the emotional toll and created art with no connection to wartime rhetoric.

Conflict & Resolution: A Student Response

January 24-May 13, 2017

In this fourth annual juried exhibition, Miami University students have the opportunity to display new and original works of art based on a predetermined theme. Miami students are called upon to present diverse commentaries on the topic of military conflict and resolution. Not restricted to World War I, the major theme explored during the Spring 2017 semester, students are given the freedom to reflect on personal and collective perceptions of what it means to be at war and the resulting search for peace.

I Want You For U.S. Army Poster from World War IOver Here, Over Here! U.S. Propaganda and the Arts of World War I

James Montgomery Flagg (American, 1877-1960);
I Want You for U.S. Army, 1917;
Lithograph on paper; 40 x 29 1/2 inches;
Miami University Art Museum purchase; 2015.14

January 24-May 13, 2017

This Centennial Celebration (1917-1918) documents the propaganda techniques utilized by federal, state and local governments to draw every citizen into the European conflict. The dissemination of information on the staging and progress of the war was vital. Propaganda in the form of newspapers, pamphlets, public addresses, newsreels, posters, artwork, and music contributed to the public’s understanding of their involvement in the war on a collective and personal level. The exhibit will feature displays of original propaganda posters, including J.M. Flagg’s iconic I Want You for U.S. Army (Uncle Sam), original songs and song sheets illustrated by the likes of Norman Rockwell. Particular attention is given to local war efforts, allowing the viewer to be immersed in the milieu of the Miami/Oxford community at the time.