13 March 2013

Luba Sterlikova - Poster Art Lecture Series

Luba Sterlikova, PhD, artist and educator, will be giving a lecture, Poster Art Between the Wars: Bauhaus and Art Deco on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Live and Learn Bethesda (LLB) education center. Sterlikova has lectured at the Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C. and LLB in the past.

1. You are a painter. What has prompted you to give talks on poster art? How would you describe your work?

I lecture on the history of posters because I am an enthusiast of poster art and also a poster artist.
I work in different mediums – oils, oil pastels, charcoal, monotypes, and genres – from florals to abstracts. My recent works are created in a new style, Innergism, which can be interpreted as sensual energy art. I also teach oil pastel workshops and classes.

2. What is significant about poster art of the 1920s and 30s? What is significant about poster art in general?

It was a very vibrant time when the world was recovering from the ashes of WWI. Russia was shaken by the Bolshevik revolution, and many social and technological changes were happening. There was hope for peace and progress. "Dawn of a New Day"  was a slogan of the 1939 New York World Fair. Artists responded with different "isms," including Dadaism, Cubism, Suprematism, Constructivism, etc. 

Posters occupy a unique place – they are both art and historic documents. Combining the visual and intellectual, they respond immediately to social change.

3. What other talks have you given in the past? What talks will you be giving in the future?

Over the last two years I have lectured on poster art for the Docent Education program at the Kreeger museum in Washington, D.C., as well as at the Live and Learn Bethesda education center. My lecture series covered poster art of la Belle Époque, Soviet posters, as well as Bauhaus and Vkhutemas posters.

I will lecture on poster art between the world wars on March 17, WWII posters on April 21, and Posters of the Cold War in the fall at the LLB.

4. What is the format of your talk?

The lectures are presented as Power Point presentations with about 40-60 poster images.

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