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Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies: The Road to the White House

September 16, 2016 – February 20, 2017

Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies examines the history and power of visual advertising in political campaigns of American leaders from George Washington to Barack Obama. Featuring more than 40 campaign items such as buttons, flags, posters, and novelty items, the exhibition underlines the powerful role of mass-market campaign advertising in American elections. This diverse collection of objects reminds us that election messaging, mudslinging, and catchy slogans are as American as apple pie.

Sponsored By

Randy and Valorie Lawson/Lawco Energy Group.

This exhibition is organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Collaboration with the Museum of Democracy, The Wright Family Collection.