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The State of Things

Elegance and Extravagance

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Posters in America are the province of movie theaters and rock concerts, but in post-war Japan they became something more. Graphic designers poured their artistic talents into them, and in the process, made a visual map of Japan’s economic and cultural transformation in the latter part of the 20th Century.

Host Frank Stasio talks about an exhibit at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Ackland Art Museum showcasing the art of Japanese posters with Peter Nisbet, museum curator; and Gennifer Weisenfeld, professor of art, art history and visual studies at Duke.

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