'Peace Press Graphics 1967-1987 Art in the Pursuit of Social Change' at University Art Museum @CSULB
University Art Museum (UAM) in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), will mount Peace Press Graphics 1967–1987: Art in the Pursuit of Social Change, a survey of the press' work and their connections to artist collectives of the time.
Founded in 1967 by a unique group of L.A. activist-artists who created an "alternate everything" printing and publishing business, the Peace Press (1967-1987) emerged from the tangle of progressive political and alternative groups that flourished during the decades between 1960 and 1990.
The exhibition is co-curated by UAM Associate Director Ilee Kaplan and Executive Director of the CSPG Carol Wells, and features more than 100 posters addressing such issues as feminism, workers' rights, civil liberties, anti-nuclear protests, environmental concerns, and anti-war demonstrations by some of the artists who worked with the press: Robert Crumb, Rupert Garcia, Harry Fonseca, Sheila Levrant de Brettville, and Skip Williamson. In addition, a historical timeline, poetry and spoken word performances, film clips interspersed in the galleries, and a separate film screening series will accompany the artworks to offer audiences a unique opportunity to understand the art of political protest within its larger cultural milieu.
The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles has awarded grants to the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Museum of Latin American Art, and the University Art Museum at CSULB as part of its regional initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, the largest collaborative art project ever undertaken in Southern California. Peace Press Graphics 1967–1987: Art in the Pursuit of Social Change is a part of that project.