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    The Art of Protest: 1960s-1970s to Now

    October 2, 2021December 17, 2021

    Curated by Sharat Lin, this exhibit consists of approximately 40 original silk screen poster prints documenting campus social protest movements. Long before the availability of personal computers, the most accessible way of making vivid color posters in quantities of a few hundred was silk screen printing. Most of the artists were anonymous students at the University of California campuses at Berkeley and Santa Cruz. The times were different, but many of the issues – war, racism, environment, human rights, right to dissent – remain the same, making the posters resonate among the social issues of today.
    Ancillary Events*
    • Opening Reception: Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 4-6pm Pacific
      • Celebrate the launch of “The Art of Protest” at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center with an in-person reception featuring live screen printing demos by SF Poster Syndicate and a Dance of Peace performed by curator Sharat Lin.
    • Prints & Protest: The Legacy of Poster Making in Social Justice Movements: November 5, 2021 at 5:30-7pm Pacific
      • Sharat Lin (curator of The Art of Protest), Art Hazelwood (author of Mission Gráfica: Reflecting a Community in Print), Michelle Mouton (contributor to the Mission Gráfica publication) and Joanna Ruckman (founding member of SFMAMA) will discuss the history and legacy of poster printing in the Bay Area and its influence and place in key social justice movements and activism.

    *NOTE: Above events are expected to be held in-person at OACC at this time. Depending on the development of external factors, primarily COVID-19, the above events may shift to remote, virtual events. RSVP to receive the latest updates.

    This exhibition is presented in partnership with the San Francisco Poster Syndicate and Art Hazelwood. Donations are greatly appreciated to support this program and future OACC activities. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.


    October 2, 2021
    December 17, 2021
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    San Francisco Poster Syndicate
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