[Exhibition] Pictures of Persuasion: Hong Kong’s Travel Posters
Hong Kong Baptist University recently purchased the world’s finest collection of vintage Hong Kong travel posters......
INTRODUCTION Curator Talk by Dr. James Ellis
Hong Kong Baptist University recently purchased the world’s finest collection of vintage Hong Kong travel posters. The collection, which includes approximately one hundred posters dating from 1930-1980, is significant in many ways. These pictures of persuasion “offer a wealth of art, history, design, and popular culture for us to understand.” The posters provide a glimpse into evolving mid-century commercial art and the visual languages of Western modernism. They also offer a valuable perspective on Hong Kong’s image in the West during the city’s late colonial period. Hong Kong’s vintage travel posters belong to the collective memory of Hongkongers and the city’s rich cultural heritage.
Date: 13 Mar (March) 2019
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Venue: CVA303, Communication and Visual Arts Building, HKBU (5 Hereford Road, Kowloon Tong)
About the speaker:
Dr. James Ellis is a Research Assistant Professor in Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Visual Arts. He received his Ph.D. in Art History from Case Western Reserve University and his M.A. from Rice University. He also holds a J.D. from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Dr. Ellis has published extensively, focusing on American social realism, Asian-American art, Hong Kong’s colonial history, and the Protestant missions in China.