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Lecture: Aleksandr Zhitomirsky—Photomontage as a Weapon

September 9, 2016
Price Auditorium
Free with museum admission

In celebration of the exhibition Humanism + Dynamite = The Soviet Photomontages of Aleksandr Zhitomirsky, leading scholar Erika Wolf examines Zhitomirsky's use of political propaganda.

Wolf is the author of the exhibition's accompanying monograph, the first thorough review of the artist's career and methods in any language. The book includes English-language excerpts from Zhitomirsky's memoir, The Art of Political Photomontage; writings and correspondence related to his long-distance friendship with fellow photomonteur John Heartfield; and a reference guide to Zhitomirsky's published montages.

Aleksandr Zhitomirsky. Harry Truman: The Hysterical War Drummer, 1948. Ne boltai! Collection. © Vladimir Zhitomirsky.