Celebrate People's History!
Poster Exhibition - Book Release Party
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705 USA
January 7 - February 27, 2011
Reception: Saturday, January 15, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
There's a good chance that at 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 created by over ninety artists to document the hidden history of social justice movements. The complete set of these posters has just been released in book form by Feminist Press. More than 50 posters will be on display at La Peña from January 7 - February 27, 2011
Celebrate People's History features posters honoring feminist organizers, civil rights leaders, indigenous uprisings, union struggles, LGBT activism and much more. The book includes talented Bay Area printmakers Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, Eric Drooker, Fernando Marti, and Jos Sances along with many well-known national artists such as Cristy Road, Nicole Schulman and Swoon.
The posters make up a hidden history of people’s struggles, covering well known events and praising groups and leaders of prominence, but also bringing to light less known struggles. The posters includes tributes to the AIDS activist group ACT UP, the 1969 Stonewall rebellion, the 1921 Appalachian miners strike at Blair Mountain, UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta, the anti-eviction battle at San Francisco’s International Hotel, the 1988 democratic uprising in Burma, the women leaders of Oaxaca’s 2006 civil uprising, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the 1804 Haitian Revolution, singer Paul Robeson, and heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.
Celebrate People's History: the Poster Book of Resistance and Revolution, is edited by Josh MacPhee, with a foreword by Rebecca Solnit and includes all the posters in the exhibition. At the reception the book and posters will be available for sale to benefit Josh MacPhee’s partner, Dara Greenwald, who is currently battling cancer.