Since their creation, posters have been used to promote everything from toothpaste to teen idols, and along the way many critics have asked questions about how these devices depict their subjects. The National Portrait Gallery has created this exhibit with just that purpose, and they are also interested in looking at the poster as a form of popular portraiture. The exhibit explores a number of themes, chief among them "Broadsheets & Show Posters", "The Poster Craze", and "Export of American Culture". Each of these themes is accompanied by a selection of images from the exhibit, along with a brief narrative introduction. Visitors will definitely want to check out the audio slideshow of the exhibit, which is narrated by curator Wendy Wick Reaves. Also, visitors can read her thoughts on the exhibition on the National Portrait Gallery's weblog, "Face to Face".


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