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From Oct. 22 through Dec. 13, the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University will host an exhibition, titled “Celebrating People’s History,” organized by Josh MacPhee and featuring posters that embody democracy and exhibit inclusion within history.
A designer, artist, and archivist, MacPhee is a founding member of the Justeeds Artists’ Cooperative and of the Inference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements. He is the author and editor of numerous publications, including Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures, 1960s to Now and Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture.
According to the artist, “Celebrate People’s History” posters grace the walls of dorm rooms, apartments, community centers, classrooms, and city streets. In the past 20 years, more than 300,000 posters have been printed with over 120 different designs, connecting hundreds and impacting thousands. The goal of the project is to suggest a new relationship to the past. MacPhee has formed a network of artists and designers to identify events, groups, and people that have helped move the struggle for humanity forward by creating posters to “share accounts of underdogs written out of history.”
On Monday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., MacPhee will present a guest lecture in the Griffiths Arts Center Room123. The event is free and open to the public.
He will speak about how posters rooted in the tradition of mass-produced political propaganda can be re-imagined to represent principles of equality, incorporating forgotten heroes and challenging the understandings and interpretations of history. MacPhee stated, “Political posters are rarely celebratory, and when they are, they almost always focus on a small canon of male individuals: Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Che Guevara, or Nelson Mandela. Rather than create another exclusive set of heroes, I’ve generated a diverse array of posters that brings to life successful moments in the history of social justice struggles.”
Located in the Griffiths Arts Center, the Brush Art Gallery is free and open to the public from noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, contact 315-229-5174 or visit www.stlawu.edu/gallery.