Presented at Future Tenant (downtown Pittsburgh), Guns vs. Butter is a new exhibition of anti-war graphics that brings together the contemporary print work of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative alongside posters from the historical collection housed in the Interference Archive. The exhibit contextualizes the work of current socially-motivated graphics alongside a history of posters as an integral element of popular grassroots movements against war, colonialism, and military occupation. Highlighted is the 2011 portfolio project “War Is Trauma”, a collaboration between Justseeds, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), and the Booklyn Artists’ Alliance. (details below)
From the Future Tenant website:
Join us downtown Friday, December 7th, from 7-10pm for the opening reception and mingle as you experience this conversation-starting exhibition. Featuring printed posters detailing global, grassroots struggles against war and military aggression, the exhibition includes contemporary print work by members of Justseeds, historical selections from Interference Archive, and the Justseeds/Iraq Veterans Against the War collaborative portfolio “War is Trauma”.
This exhibit will additionally be open to the public December 31st from 6-11pm as part of Pittsburgh’s Highmark First Night and during regular gallery hours Thursday – Sunday, 12-4 PM through January 6th.
Future Tenant is located at 819 Penn Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh, PA, 15222
In macroeconomics, the “guns versus butter” model is an example of a simple production possibility frontier. It demonstrates the relationship between a nation's investment in defense and civilian goods. In this example, a nation has to choose between two options when spending its finite resources. It can buy either guns (invest in defense/military) or butter (invest in production of goods), or a combination of both. This can be seen as an analogy for choices between defense and civilian spending in more complex economies.