ONE DAY ONLY
Poster Exhibit – Book Release Party – Artist Panel
CELEBRATE PEOPLE’S HISTORY: the Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution
Edited by Josh MacPhee
Foreword by Rebecca Solnit
Published by the Feminist Press
7pm – Friday Dec. 17
AK Press, www.akpress.org
674 A 23rd St
Sabiha Basrai, graphic designer, Design Action Collective, www.designaction.org
Lincoln Cushing, poster historian, www.docspopuli.org
FREE admission. Donations go to MacPhee’s partner, Dara Greenwald, who is battling cancer. This event is wheel-chair accessible.
There’s a good chance that during some point in your life you’ve seen a Celebrate People’s History poster, decorating the walls of your classroom, community center or neighborhood book shop. Initiated by Josh MacPhee in 1998, this far-reaching project uses poster art to expose the hidden history of feminist organizing, indigenous uprisings, civil rights leaders, union struggles, LGBT activism and much more.
For the first time ever, a complete set of these posters has been released in hardback by the Feminist Press. Edited by Josh MacPhee with a foreword by Rebecca Solnit, Celebrate People’s History: the Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution reprints over 100 posters along with many new designs commissioned for this affordable, 256-page volume.
Bay Area history stands out prominently in the book with tributes to the 1969 occupation of Alcatraz, the 1966 transgender riot at Compton’s Cafeteria and the 10-year anti-eviction battle by Filipino seniors at the International Hotel. The posters also honor San Francisco’s youth-led demonstrations of 2008 against immigration raids and the successful defense of Los Siete de la Raza, a group of Mission activists who were framed for the murder of a policeman in 1969.
The book includes talented Bay Area printmakers Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, Eric Drooker, Art Hazelwood, Fernando Marti, Jos Sances and Miriam Klein Stahl along with many well-known national artists such as Sabrina Jones, Cristy Road, Nicole Schulman, Chris Stain, Swoon and Laura Whitehorn.
Come to the book’s West Coast premiere for a poster exhibit, book signing by Bay Area contributors and artist panel.
Josh MacPhee is the co-editor of Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures – 1960s to Now (2010), Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority (2007) and Reproduce and Revolt (2008). He is also the author of Stencil Pirates: a Global Study of the Street Stencil (2004) and the founder of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative.
Guest speaker Sabiha Basrai is a graphic designer with the Design Action Collective, a former-staff member of Philadelphia’s Public Interest GRFX and co-coordinator of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA).
Guest speaker Lincoln Cushing is the author of Revolucion: Cuban Poster Art (2003), co-author of Chinese Posters (2007), co-author of Agitate! Educate! Organize! – American Labor Posters (2009) and editor of Visions of Peace & Justice (2007).