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WWII-era Public Health Awareness Posters From the Merrill C. Berman Collection at Manhattanville
Friday, 04 November 2011 09:12

Purchase, NY — For the fourth year, the Arthur M. Berger Gallery on the Manhattanville College campus, will be hosting a collection of posters from the Merrill C. Berman collection. This year’s theme is “Public Health Awareness” and all of the posters are related to the public health campaign of the WWII era.

2011-11-08 STDAwarenessPosters 003The exhibit will run from Nov. 8 to Dec. 15, with an opening reception on Nov. 9 from 5-7 p.m. The time of its run encompasses Human Rights Awareness Day (Nov. 19) and World AIDS Awareness Day (Dec. 1).

The posters in this exhibit were hand picked by Professor Jim Frank, who works with the Merrill C. Berman Collection. Many of the posters focus on sexually transmitted diseases and show a link between fighting the disease and fighting the enemy.

“They are all from a specific time period so they are a snapshot of what was happening at that time,” Professor Frank said.

The Merrill C. Berman Collection is one of the most significant privately owned bodies of work in graphic design. The collection of graphic design and modernist art rivals the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

(Photo credit: Jim Frank)

About Manhattanville College:
Manhattanville College ( is an independent, co-educational liberal arts institution whose mission is to prepare students, through rigorous academic and co-curricular programs, for ethically and socially responsible service and leadership within a global community. Located just 30 minutes from New York City, Manhattanville serves 1,700 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students from 66 countries and 33 states. Founded in 1841, the College offers more than 50 undergraduate areas of study in the arts and sciences and offers graduate programs in Education, Business, Writing, Liberal Studies, and Continuing Education.


Casey Tolfree

Office of Communications