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The Davison Art Center (DAC) holds Wesleyan's collection of more than 24,000 works of art on paper, chiefly prints and photographs. The print collection is among the finest at any U.S. university. The collection supports teaching and learning from objects in many ways, and the DAC gallery presents public exhibitions during the academic year. The links to the left lead to more information about the DAC collection and programs.

Current Exhibition

Call to Action: American Posters in World War I

Friday September 12, 2014 - Sunday December 7, 2014

Closed October 19-21 and November 25-30.
The DAC gallery is now closed. This exhibition was most recently on view.

Following the declaration of war in Europe in August 1914, each of the rival powers adopted extensive advertising campaigns to recruit soldiers, encourage women factory workers, and raise the money essential for this new, "total" war. Dramatic posters soon covered train stations, city squares, and stores, exhorting passers-by to new levels of patriotism and self-sacrifice.

Related events:

Opening reception
Thursday, September 11, 5:00-7:00 pm
Gallery talk by Clare Rogan, Curator, at 5:30 pm
Free of charge and open to the public.

Posters, Propaganda, and the American Experience in World War I
Thursday, November 13, 5:00 pm, CFA Hall
Extended gallery hours 12:00-5:00 pm
Roundtable discussion with Sean McCann, Professor of English; Ronald Schatz, Professor of History; and Richard S. Slotkin, Olin Professor of American Studies, Emeritus.

Roundtable discussion with three Wesleyan University professors on the role of posters and propaganda in the mobilization of the United States during World War I. Topics will include the experience of immigrant and African American soldiers, as well as the cultural response to propaganda, and tensions between state power and democracy.

For more events, please visit the FDAC blog.