Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts [DAPA]
Published by The Wolfsonian–FIU, The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts is a scholarly publication 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 1850–1950, the Journal parallels the themes of the Wolfsonian collection. 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. Subjects covered by the Journal have included world's fair posters, Works Progress Administration murals, Farm Security Administration photographs, book jackets, Italian political drawings, Mexican stained glass, and German World War II stamps. Past themed issues have included explorations of countries such as Argentina, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, and Yugoslavia, as well as topics such as transportation, hotels, illustrated books, and metalwork.
The Journal's scholarly contribution has been widely recognized by museums, universities, and libraries throughout the world, and it is accessible on-line to JSTOR subscribers. The publication has won numerous awards for excellence. Twenty-seven issues of the Journal have been published as of 2015. Recent issues include the Souvenirs Theme Issue (27) the Mexico Theme Issue (26), the American Hotel Theme Issue (25), Design, Culture, Identity: The Wolfsonian Collection (24), and the Florida Theme Issue (23). Issues 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 15 are currently out of print but are available as photocopies from The Dynamo Museum Shop. For more information or to purchase current or back issues, e-mail the The Wolfsonian Museum Shop or call 305.535.2680.