Remember Me: A Survey of the Picture Postcard

Dates: July 15, 2010 through August 27, 2010

Description: This exhibition looks at the picture postcard from its inception to present day. Included in the exhibit are postcards produced in the late 19th century to contemporary efforts collected from around the world. A selection of approximately 300 postcards is presented here at the university’s Moser Performing Arts Center Gallery with a summary history of the picture postcard. One will find materials ranging from the most common and banal image (e.g., images of New York City’s Empire State Building) to unique handmade pieces produced in Mexico City during the 1950s (complete with exotic bird feathers).

Included here are postcards from Canada, Egypt, Korea, Serbia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States (to name a few). The intent is to present an introduction into this universal art making practice’s varied aesthetics, kitsch nature, motivation, style, and subject matter. This quotidian format of communication is an ideal late summer exhibition that offers a timely reminder of the importance of intimate communication in this day of computer-generated correspondence.