Curiouser and Curiouser—Avant-garde Polish Theater Posters from the 1970s

Jan Sawka, Polish-American, 1946-2012
Untitled, 1975-6
Offset Lithograph
32-3/4" x 23"
Gift of Don Evans, Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus
2013.001
© Jan Sawka Estate, jansawka.com

(June 19 – August 28, 2014)

Presented in honor of the late Don Evans, who for much of his professional career taught art at Vanderbilt University, Curiouser and Curiouser—Avant-garde Polish Theater Posters from the 1970’s features over twenty posters from a particularly rich period of Eastern European graphic art design. Some artists went on to receive significant notoriety for their work, such as Jan Sawka, whose theatrical posters had provoked the polish government to expel him in 1979. Many of the posters reflect an aesthetic begun in the 1960s under the influence of Pop art and experimental theater of the period. These posters, as well as those from the 1960s, influenced a wide range of creative figures, including the filmmakers, the Quay Brothers who this past year were featured in a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art New York where several similar posters from the period served as a context for their innovative film

Curiouser and Curiouser—Avant-garde Polish Theater Posters from the 1970s is organized by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and curated by Joseph S. Mella, director.