Keep Calm and Carry On Exhibition (Textiles)

If the latest traveling exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center feels a bit different than others, that’s by design. Design, in fact, is an operative word for “Keep Calm and Carry On: Textiles on the Home Front in WWII Britain” – design of period clothing, beautifully-stitched patriotic scarves, home furnishings and more. While the idea of bringing this exhibit to the museum initially raised eyebrows — some wondered whether it was the…

[EXHIBITION] Illinois Holocaust Museum

Hmmm, a new exhibition highlights the British experience of the Second World War by leading with the Keep Calm and Carry On poster... I really hope they also highlight that it wasn't used: An import from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, "Keep Calm and Carry On" showcases the ingenuity and defiance of the British on the homefront during the London Blitz. Of particular interest are colorful "propaganda" scarves designed by Jacqmar scattered throughout…

Exhibition: V&A: Memory Palace

This exhibition at the V&A sounds fascinating! The technological achievements of the recent past have already become the stuff of hagiography. After his death in 2011, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs attained a level of reverence usually reserved for the beatified. And like every saint, Jobs has his relics, including an Apple 1 assembled in his garage, which fetched nearly £450,000 at auction this May. But what if all our computers – and indeed every digital…

Would you vote for this lot?

Picturing Politics: Exploring the Political Poster in Britain  People's History Museum, Manchester, until 17 June 2012 For the 1929 general election, the Labour Party created a poster of a heroic worker, stripped to the waist, with the slogan "Secure Industrial Prosperity". It could almost be a piece of Soviet socialist realism. The Conservatives responded with an image that seems mildly fascist: varied representatives of the nation stand united before a sunrise representing a political version…
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