The Winds and Words of War: World War I Posters and Prints Exhibit Opens at Central Library Gallery
An exhibit showcasing 40 vintage World War I (1914-1918) posters returns to the Central Library Gallery, 600 Soledad 78205, following a five-year museum and library tour. The exhibit will run from October 5 through November 24 during regular library hours. Additionally, an opening reception will take place on Tuesday, October 8 from 6:00 – 8:00pm in the gallery and will include a brief presentation by the curator, Allison Hays Lane, director of the OLANA Group, LLC. The reception is open to the public.
Commissioned by the U.S. Committee on Public Information to build patriotism, raise funds for war bonds, encourage enlistment, and increase volunteerism, more than 300 of America’s most famous illustrators, cartoonists, designers and fine artists donated their services to create more than 700 posters. 450 of these works are part of the library’s permanent collection, bequeathed to the San Antonio Public Library in 1940 by Harry Hertzberg, former Texas state senator and avid memorabilia collector.
The exhibit is co-sponsored by the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, the Stumberg Foundation, The Tobin Endowment, the City of San Antonio Veterans Affairs Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. These items were originally exhibited by the Library in 2008.