This one-day course will explore the relationship of art to politics and the methods of public persuasion before advertising was widely used and social media had been invented.
When Lenin came to power in October 1917, his party (the Bolshevik party) comprised of at best 350,000 people in a country of 140 million. Quickly the ruling party, the Bolshevik victory in Russia needed significantly greater support to assume the mantle of sovereign legitimacy – previously claimed by the provisional government and before that by the Tsars. One of Bolsheviks’ solutions was the use of the power of mass propaganda.
The course will consider various forms of Socialist experiments in propagating the new ideology, and in some cases re-writing history.
The course is directed by Dr. Natalia Murray, who is one of the world’s leading specialist in the history of Russian art.