Friday, February 12, 2016
In May 1970, students at the University of California, Berkeley, came together to form the Berkeley Political Poster Workshop, which produced hundreds of silkscreen designs. Under the guidance of Malaquias Montoya, a leading figure of the Chicano Art Movement, the workshop class was the largest of its kind. Students created images of resistance in response to the increasing political tumults and traumas, from Nixon’s ordered bombing of Cambodia to the Kent State shootings that occurred just days before the workshop took root.
50 posters from the Berkeley Political Poster Workshop are now on view in America in Revolt: The Art of Protest, an exhibition at Shapero Modern in London.