Ann Tompkins (Tang Fandi) and Lincoln Cushing Chinese
Poster Collection preserves a genre of art that was
known to and accepted by hundreds of millions of
Chinese during the years of the Cultural Revolution.
The posters’ images and the directives they supported
once influenced a quarter of the world’s population.
Anyone attempting to understand this period will want
to study these posters, not simply as illustrations of
the era but as expressions of its ideals and
vicissitudes. These posters were everywhere in China
during the Cultural Revolution. Although seldom
encountered today, they occupy an important place in
history and are a valued addition to the East Asian
-Peter Zhou, EAL Director
holdings continue to grow, and a recent addition is a
highly valued collection of political posters from
China's Cultural Revolution that, as Zhou notes, vividly
convey the ideals and upheaval of what has been called
"the largest social-engineering effort in the history of
-"Cal's East Asian library's gold is on shelves,"
by Charles Burress, San Francisco Chronicle,
Monday, March 17, 2008.
Art from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution,
by Lincoln Cushing and Ann Tompkins, 2007.
Order details here.
books, including several on Chinese posters.
over, 2007 article in American Institute of
Graphic Arts Voice on U.S.-China-Cuba graphics.
S.F. Chronicle book review
"Of course, any period in the past
was more complex than any conventional period."
-Michael S. Roth, President of Wesleyan University
This entire collection has been digitized
and is in the process of being cataloged. A web catalog is
with items listed by date.
Posters from this collection have been
used for the covers of:
of Asian Studies 11/2008
World Coming - The Sixties and the Shaping of Global
War in Asia: The Battle for Hearts and Minds,
Other Chinese poster article
Propaganda Art" by Lars Hasvoll Bakke, May 2009