Member Andy sent us a link to what seems like a fabulous exhibit going on at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It's called The Postcard Age. From their website:
"In the decades around 1900, postcards were Twitter, e-mail, Flickr, and Facebook, all wrapped into one. A postcard craze swept the world, as billions of cards were bought and mailed, or just pasted into albums. Many famous artists turned to the new medium, but one of the great pleasures of postcards is how some of the most beautiful and interesting cards were made by artists whose names we barely know. This unprecedented exhibition traces how big historical and cultural themes of the modern age—enthralling, exciting, and sometimes disturbing—played out on the postcard’s tiny canvas.
“The Postcard Age” features about 400 cards by a wide variety of artists and publishers from throughout Europe and the Americas. It is arranged not by style or country, but by theme, with sections devoted to, among other things, urban life, the changing role of women, sports, celebrity, new technologies, the stylish collectors’ cards of the art nouveau, and World War I."
As part of the show, there is a gallery talk on the 24th of February at 2PM on why people love postcards. Then, there is a lecture on the evening of March the 6th. I checked out the slide show and it looks amazing. If I were in Boston (and I know some of you are), I'd check it out. It's on veiw until April 14th.