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  • Resist! October 16 (1967)

    Jeremy M. Palmer

    Beginning in 1964, major student demonstrations against the Vietnam war were held on campuses across the country. A new generation of activists organized teach-ins, demonstration, and diverse acts of civil disobedience. In 1967 Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority was published to mobilize resistance to the war in Southeast Asia and oppose the draft. It was signed by 25,000 individuals, and it recommended the burning and turning in of draft cards as a form of nonviolent resistance. Jerry Palmer was a member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Resistance, a group dedicated to ending the mandatory draft, when he founded Peace Press. October 16, 1967, was to be a national day of resistance against the war. Using his own handprint in red ink on a black ground, Palmer designed and silk-screened Resist: October 16 as an announcement poster for a resistance event to turn in draft cards, as a part of the larger “Stop the Draft Week” protest. The vulnerability of the open palm as opposed to the closed fist seems a subtle reflection of the call for peace in a time of significant violence.

    Silkscreen 22 1/4 x 14 in
    © Jeremy M. Palmer

  • Reconstruction (1979)

    Bonnie Mettler, Robert Zaugh

    Offset print 22 x 12 in
    © Robert Zaugh

  • Save Gasoline, Read a Book (1979)

    David Feldman, Bonnie Mettler, Robert Zaugh

    Offset print 24 x 17 in
    © Peace Press

  • Free Richard Mohawk Paul Skyhorse (ca. 1976-78)

    Dave "Buffalo" Greene

    Offset print 23 x 18 in
    © Peace Press

  • Save Our Sister Day (1972)

    Rupert Garcia

    Offset print 22 x 15 in
    © Rupert Garcia

  • Alliance for Survival (Date unknown)

    Don Farber

    Offset print 23 3/7 x 17 1/3 in
    © Don Farber

  • Vote-Register (1972)

    Unknown Artist

    Offset print 21 1/2 x 13 1/2 in
    © Peace Press

  • O Hour (1980)

    Carol A. Wells

    Offset print 22 4/5 x 17 1/2 in
    © Carol A. Wells

  • Defend Venice (1975)

    Richard Mackson

    Offset print 22 x 17 in
    © Richard Mackson

  • Earth Day (1980)

    Craig Calsbeek

    Offset print 22 x 17 in
    © Craig Calsbeek

  • We Cannot Live Life as Usual Breaking with the Old Blessing the New (1984)

    France White, SHCJ

    Offset print 28 x 20 in
    © France White, SHCJ and the Holy Child Jesus, 1984; all rights reserved

University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach

Peace Press Graphics 1967-1987: Art in the Pursuit of Social Change

Founded in 1967 by a group of L.A. activist-artists who created an 'alternate everything' printing and publishing business, Peace Press emerged from the tangle of progressive political and alternative groups that flourished during the decades between 1960 and 1990. This survey drawn from the archives of the Peace Press Collective showcases an important chapter of visual and cultural history, with posters addressing feminist causes, workers' rights, civil liberties, environmental concerns, and the anti-nuclear and anti-war movements. The exhibition will also feature a historical timeline, music, poetry and spoken-word performances and film clips interspersed in the galleries, and a separate film screening series.
09/10/2011 12/11/2011
University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach
1250 N. Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840