“Revolution Times: Graphic Design and Counterculture Newspapers of the 1960s–1970s
From the Archive of Billy X Jennings” is an exhibition at SFSU Design Gallery (1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco) through Dec. 1, celebrating the graphic design of radical newspapers. These were media used for organizing counter-culture movements toward social change. The exhibit highlights the graphic design that challenged societal norms while creating an ethos around the struggle for equality, civic engagement and justice.
Curated and designed by a team of University of Nebraska–Lincoln students and led by graphic design faculty, Stacy Asher and Aaron Sutherlen, the “Revolution Times” exhibition includes an historical survey of the publication design, use of typography, graphic symbolism and the production and publishing methodologies of the Black Panther Party Newspaper, organized and distributed in the San Francisco Bay area.
“The historically significant newspapers were an alternative voice to the mainstream media, made with the urgency needed for the political climate and needs of the time,” note the organizers. “They helped to create an ethos around the struggle for equality, civic engagement and justice. Often authored, designed and published by university students, these publications offer insight into the underground press and its vast diversity of visual languages that were both accessible and powerful while inspiring people to action. And while these publications all take a radical stance against the mainstream, they are very diverse in the variety of positions, their production quality and aesthetics.” Selections of these graphic design artifacts include The Berkeley Barb, The East Village Other, Basta Ya, Berkeley Tribe, San Francisco Oracle, The Chicago Seed and many others.
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