Conversation series: ¡Graphic Liberation!

Conversation series: ¡Graphic Liberation!

Colgate University

February 15, 2021
Conversation series: ¡Graphic Liberation!
Perspectives on image making and political movements
Avram Finkelstein: February 17, 5–6pm
Alison Alder: March 3, 5–6pm
Emory Douglas: March 17, 5–6pm
Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza, Dignidad Rebelde: April 14, 5–6pm
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Organized by Josh MacPhee, the 2020/21 Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Art and Art History at Colgate University. 

A series of live conversations between Josh MacPhee, Colgate students, and distinguished political graphics producers, exploring the role of culture in social movements and the history and evolutionary usage of political graphics.

Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, and archivist. He is a founding member of both the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, a decentralized group of political artists from the US, Canada, and Mexico, and Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements, based in Brooklyn, NY.  MacPhee 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

February 17
Avram Finkelstein

Avram Finkelstein is a founding member of the Silence=Death and Gran Fury collectives. He has work in the permanent collections of MoMA, The Whitney, The New Museum and The Brooklyn Museum. He is featured in the artist oral history project at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, and his book for UC Press, After Silence: A History of AIDS Through its Images was nominated for an International Center of Photography Infinity Award in Critical Writing and Research.

March 3
Alison Alder

Alison Alder is a visual artist whose work blurs the line between studio, community and social/political art practice. She has worked within community groups, art collectives, research institutions and Indigenous organizations. Her research is focused on empowering communities through the visualization of common social aims primarily using screen-printed posters as her medium of choice. Alder was a key member of Redback Graphix, whose ethos and screen-printed posters are the subject of a monograph published by the National Gallery of Australia. 

March 17
Emory Douglas

Emory Douglas worked as the revolutionary artist and minister of culture for the Black Panther Party in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1967 through the early 1980s. In addition to creating iconic posters and postcards, a key part of Douglas’ responsibilities included art direction, design, and illustration for the organization’s newspaper, The Black Panther. Douglas’ work has been the subject of numerous international exhibitions including the 2008 Biennale of Sydney; Museum of Contemporary Art, (Los Angeles); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco) The African American Art & Culture Complex, (San Francisco); New Museum of Contemporary Art, (New York), among others. In 2015, Douglas received the American Institute of Graphic Art lifetime achievement medal.

April 14
Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza

Melanie Cervantes (Xicanx) and Jesus Barraza co-founded Dignidad Rebelde in 2007, a graphic arts collaboration that produces screen prints, political posters and multimedia projects which are grounded in Third World and Indigenous movements that build people’s power to transform the conditions of fragmentation, displacement, and loss of culture that result from histories of colonialism, patriarchy, genocide, and exploitation.  

Melanie has exhibited extensively including at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco); National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago); and Museum of Modern Art (New York), among numerous others. In 2016, Cervantes received The Piri Thomas & Suzie Dodd Cultural Activist Award from Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice for her work with Dignidad Rebelde.

Jesus has exhibited at Galeria de la Raza (San Francisco); Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe); El Paso Museum of Art (El Paso); de Young Museum (San Francisco); Mexican Fine Arts Center (Chicago); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco); and internationally at the House of Love & Dissent (Rome), Parco Museum (Tokyo), Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juarez (Mexico). He received the “Art is a Hammer” award in 2005 from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.

Presented by the Art and Art History Department and The Christian A. Johnson Foundation. The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Artist-in-Residence was established in 1986 as a challenge grant in support of the arts at Colgate. The residency program permits one or more artists or scholars in each of the areas of fine arts, music, and theater to become part of the Colgate community every academic year.

Founded in 1819, Colgate University is a highly selective, residential, liberal arts college enrolling nearly 2,750 undergraduates. Situated on a rolling 515-acre campus in central New York State, Colgate University attracts motivated students with diverse backgrounds, interests and talents.

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