"The 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 Library’s collections."
-Peter Zhou, EAL Director
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 mankind."
-"Cal's East Asian library's gold is on shelves," by Charles Burress, San Francisco Chronicle,
Monday, March 17, 2008.
Posters: Art from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution,
by Lincoln Cushing and Ann Tompkins, 2007.
Order details here.
Other recent poster books,
including several on Chinese posters.
all 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:
Asian Studies 11/2008
Coming - The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness, 2009
Cold War in Asia: The Battle for Hearts and Minds, 2010
Other Chinese poster article
Chinese Propaganda Art" by Lars Hasvoll Bakke, May 2009
Chinese poster copyright