Sunday, May 21

When Posters Were the Samizdat of the Lower East Side

"Fliers and posters were the social media of the pre-internet era on the Lower East Side, covering walls and other surfaces with general announcements, political communiqu├ęs and personal manifestoes. Affixed with sticky wheat paste and nearly impossible to scrape away, they were a scourge to some, but to others they were a code that could be used to trace the neighborhood’s rich political discourse. ... Now, reproductions of more than 100 of those images are on display in a storefront museum on Avenue C, artifacts of a rebellious time when that neighborhood was the setting for contentious battles over development and homelessness, police conduct and control of its central public space, Tompkins Square Park, in the East Village. ..."
NY Times

2010 March: ACT UP New York, 2015 Auguat: Art as Activism: Graphic Art from the Merrill C. Berman Collection, 2016 October: How Posters Work, 2017 January: See Red Women's Workshop - Feminist Posters 1974–1990, 2017 April: Make Art Not War: Political Protest Posters from the Twentieth Century