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Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts

Published by The Wolfsonian-FIU, The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts (DAPA) is a scholarly annual dedicated to exploring the role of art and design in the modern world. The Journal was founded in 1986 and published by The Wolfson Foundation of Decorative and Propaganda Arts until 2000, when it became part of The Wolfsonian-FIU. Fostering new scholarship on the period 1885-1945, The Journal parallels the themes of the Wolfsonian collection. The most recent issue explores the material, social, and cultural world of the large American hotel and tells the story of how they evolved into some of the world’s most significant and interesting buildings.

The Journal assumes no political stance but is interested in exploring the entirety of propaganda arts, defined as art in the service of an idea or an ideology. Propaganda subjects covered by The Journal have included world's fair posters, Works Progress Administration murals, Farm Security Administration photographs, book jackets, Italian political drawings, and German World War II stamps. Past themed issues have explored countries such as Cuba, Brazil, Yugoslavia, and Argentina, and have addressed themes including transportation, illustrated books, and metalwork.

The Journal's scholarly contribution has been widely recognized by museums, universities, and libraries throughout the world, and some of the most prestigious institutions are among its subscribers. The publication has won numerous awards for excellence.

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