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[BKARTS] Bienes Center exhibition: "The Game of War"

Broward County Libraries Division's


Bienes Center for the Literary Arts

The Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL)




The Game of War: Books, Toys, and Propaganda from The Mitchell Wolfson,
Jr. Study Centre

September 12, 2006-January 8, 2007


The exhibition of wartime propaganda, with about 50 items dating from
the Boer War (1899-1902) to World War II (1939-1945) was originally
curated by a team of 11 students from Miami Dade College and New World
School of the Arts. It features a diverse collection of wartime
propaganda, including books, toy, games, paintings, puzzles, puppets,
posters, postcards, and advertisements, much of it instructional and
aimed at children. The display visually expresses the evolution of
societies under pressure from strong leadership in cultures dominated by
fear and uncertainty.


Showcased are satirical and disturbing objects such as caricatured
puppets of Hitler and other high-ranking Nazis, an Italian poster
advertising gas masks, and a selection of books from France,
Czechoslovakia, the U.S., and Germany highlighting the effort to market
war to children and adults.


For the Broward Bienes Center event, the exhibit has been enhanced with
items from the collection of the Broward County Library's Bienes Center.


A public reception for The Game of War, co-sponsored by the Fontaneda
Society: Book Collectors of South Florida, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.
on October 19 at the library. Students who created the original exhibit,
Dean of Visual Arts at New World School of the Arts Maggy Cuesta, and
Wolfson Centre curator Lea Nickless will participate in a panel
discussion about the installation. 


The exhibition is a collaborative effort of New World School of the
Arts, The University of Florida, Miami Dade College, Broward County
Library's Bienes Center for the Literary Arts, and the Mitchell Wolfson,
Jr. Study Centre.


A small, four-color printed Bienes Center exhibition catalog documenting
the exhibition will be for sale for $15.00 on October 19, 2006.


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