Exhibition Dynamic America Original Vintage Poster 1961

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ArtistErik Nitsche Art ThemeModern Art MediumPoster

A poster by Erik Nitsche advertising General Dynamics' exhibition "Dynamic America" held 1961 at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York where the company promoted its achievements.

Pictured is William Woodnut Griscom, an American inventor who founded the Electro Dynamic Company in 1880, based in Philadelphia. Griscom patented the world's first double induction motor, and his electric drive powered the the first trolley system in Washington D. C. In 1899 Electro Dynamic became Electric Boat and in the 50s a division of General Dynamics.

Established 1952, General Dynamics hired Nitsche as Art Director – a Swiss (1908 – 1998) educated at the Collège Classique in his birth town Lausanne and at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Munich. 1934 he emigrated to the United States and became an incredibly versatile graphic designer whose work became exemplary modernist.

General Dynamics for its part focused on – amongst others – aerodynamics, aerospace, electronics and nuclear power. So here the company had a problem: Only a few years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki it wasn’t exactly the simplest thing to explore nuclear energy and not to be suspected of developing weapons of mass destruction.

The International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy 1955 in Geneva was a great opportunity to be seen as a provider of peaceful technology. The guys in charge chose Erik Nitsche to communicate this message.

He created four poster series. Atoms for Peace was the first consisting of eleven posters. The second series was made for the Conference 1958; these posters are titled Exploring the Universe and represent different aspects of technological research. The third series promoted General Dynamics’ departments. A fourth series of six smaller posters was printed on the occasion of the exhibition 1961; at this time Nitsche was already back in Switzerland.

  • Creator Erik Nitsche (1908 - 1998)
  • Creation Year 1961
  • Dimensions Height: 35.63 in. (90.5 cm)Width: 15.36 in. (39 cm)Depth: 0.04 in. (1 mm)
  • Medium Paper
  • Movement & Style Modern
  • Period Mid-20th Century
  • Condition Excellent
  • Gallery Location Zurich, CH
Erik Nitsche
Art Theme
  • Modern
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