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Air and Water

Two million people are expected to attend the 53rd Annual Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend. That’s a veritable throng! Headliners include the US Air Force Thunderbirds, the US Army Parachute Team (AKA the Golden Knights), and the US Navy Parachute Team (Go Leap Frogs!). These aviators and parachuters will showcase their talents in decidedly friendlier ways than how their skills were intended. In contrast, two exhibitions open now at the museum illustrate the daring escapades these airmen are specifically trained to do. Windows on the War: Soviet TASS Posters at Home and Abroad, 1941–1945 presents giant stenciled posters created by the TASS News Agency to rally compatriots to the Soviet war effort. Artists and writers produced hundreds of these storefront window posters, one for nearly every day of the Second World War. The image above illustrates the friendship that occurred between Soviet and British airmen during the course of the war.

Also, be sure to check out the companion show, Belligerent Encounters: Graphic Chronicles of War and Revolution, 1500–1945.

Kukryniksy. Meeting over Berlin (detail), c. 1941. Ne boltai! Collection.

Tags: Chicago, TASS