Weekend Heller: Protest, Resist, Protest More!

The most lasting sign I recall from the Woman’s March last January, the day after Donald Trump’s huge inauguration, was “I can’t believe we’re still protesting this shit.” That truth is brought to the fore in SFMOMA’s exhibition “Get With the Action: Political Posters From the 1960s to Now.” 

“This exhibition presents the political poster as a powerful tool for organizing and activating communities in response to some of the most pressing issues over the past 50 years, from the Civil Rights and Anti-War movements to social justice, immigration, environmental causes and more,” notes the exhibition’s website.

 

 

 

Photos courtesy Mirko Ilic.

 

The title, “Get With the Action,” taken from a screenprint by the artist and progressive activist nun Corita Kent, explores the medium of the poster as a communication device. The works on view, focused on the creative output of the Bay Area and beyond, highlight the power of applied graphic design and its utility in presenting information while rallying citizens around a cause.

Curated in three rotations over six months, each presentation of “Get With the Action” calls attention to SFMOMA’s commitment to graphic design and to the continually relevant, if not urgent, movements of our time.


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