Poster, Nocny Kowboj [Midnight Cowboy]
This is a Poster. It was designed by Waldemar Swierzy. It is dated 1973 and we acquired it in 2010. Its medium is offset lithograph on wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
Under the communist regime in Poland, many artists turned to creative expression via the medium of the poster. The state did not control the visual content of posters as they were typically used to promote cultural events and were therefore not considered advertisements or political propaganda. Waldemar Swierzy’s use of abstract imagery in his movie posters, like this one for the Polish release of American director John Schlesinger's film "Midnight Cowboy," took advantage of a greater freedom to communicate potentially controversial topics; in this instance, male prostitution.
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Its dimensions are
82.6 × 58.5 cm (32 1/2 × 23 1/16 in.)
It is inscribed
printed in black ink: 1636 / 3 / 1973
Cite this object as
Poster, Nocny Kowboj [Midnight Cowboy]; Designed by Waldemar Swierzy (Polish, 1931 - 2013); offset lithograph on wove paper; 82.6 × 58.5 cm (32 1/2 × 23 1/16 in.); Gift of Sara and Marc Benda; 2010-21-103
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition How Posters Work.