Some of you may recall, an exhibition that The Cummer hosted last fall: The Art of War: From the Collection of Major General Gerry Maloney USAF (Ret.). Jacksonville resident Major General Gerry Maloney, a 31-year veteran of the U. S. Air Force, began collecting propaganda posters in support of World War II as 10-year old boy. From 1941 until 1945, he collected more than 250 of these posters, issued by various government agencies. The exhibition at The Cummer marked the first time a portion of this collection had been displayed publicly.
After a few months of planning and collaboration between Major General Gerry Maloney, The Cummer and a new venue, Fleet Landing, a selection of this collection is now proudly displayed for a second time at the Coleman Center Gallery.
This exhibition includes 11 posters ranging in subject matter. Some posters address the conservation of materials through rationing; others promote the purchase of war bonds. A number of posters advocate for women in the workplace. Regardless of subject matter, these images helped unite the American people during a critical time in our nation’s history.
Fleet Landing, a retirement community for active seniors, is a perfect location for this exhibition. Not only is the subject matter interesting and relevant to the people of this community, but the gallery brings a personal more intimate aspect to the somewhat heavy nature of the content of the posters.
The exhibition will be on view until October 6th at the Coleman Center Gallery at Fleet Landing. For more information about Fleet Landing, please call (904) 246-9900, ext. 107.