Visions of Happiness, Omens of Terror
Co-curated by Wendy Salmond and Mark Konecny
On view in the Doy and Dee Henley Galleria, Argyros Forum
February 2 – July 31, 2014
This exhibition, drawn from the Ferris Russian Collection, the Institute of Modern Russian Culture at USC, and the Wende Museum in Culver City, explores the evolution of Joseph Stalin’s public persona over the quarter century he held power. It represents the many millions of images of the Great Leader that saturated daily life in Stalin’s Russia from ca. 1924 until his death in 1953. Functioning as icons in his cult of personality, they have much to teach us about art’s role in the promotion of ideology.