United States

Remember Wounded Knee

Poster celebrating resistance by the American Indian Movement (AIM). AIM was formed in 1968 to combat police brutality and corruption at the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). In 1973 AIM supported a group Oglala Sioux opposed to the dictatorial rule of BIA supported tribal chairman. For over two months AIM, armed with shotguns and .22 rifles held out against elements of the 82nd Airborne Division, Federal Marshals, and Phantom jets. Wounded Knee had also been the site of a brutal massacre of the Sioux - mostly women, children and elderly men - by the U.S. Army in 1890.

We Celebrate Women’s Struggles - We Celebrate People’s Victories

This poster links the struggles of international liberation movements, in this case Viet Nam, to the women's movement. Depicting the figures holding the flag climbing a hill, the poster combines the text below with the figures through several cross references. Using the vibrant yellow and red colors of the Vietnamese flag in the women's liberation banner, and the linked figures are a visual statement of the text below, linking the struggles in more than words.

Farm Workers' Union Poster

This poster emphasizes the union as a defender of its members in a familial way. The Spanish text (trans: \The farmworkers' union--defending your rights ¡ as always!\) draws upon the Hispanic heritage of the union, while emphasis the sense of togetherness and continuity with the use of the Spanish familiar form of you and the photograph of the unions founder César Chavez (1927-1993) holding a young child. Happiness and love radiate from their faces, and the poster uses the symbol of the union, a black eagle, on the top and bottom edges.

McCarthy Peace

Opposition to the policies of President Lyndon Johnson (1908-1973) in Vietnam sparked an opposition run by for his party's presidential nomination by Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy (1916- ) based on a peace platform. The McCarthy campaign's successes in early primaries quickly forced Johnson to withdraw from the primary campaigns and announce that he would not seek re-election. Shahn's poster draws upon the dove as an international symbol of peace while at the same time the dove is not staid but active in Shahn's drawing.

New York University Strike Poster

This poster threatens a strike against New York University during collective bargaining negotiations. NYU prides itself on being a 'private university in the public service' and a 'Global University' with branch campuses around the world. Text specific to NYU replaces the traditional spaces on the popular board game Monopoly. By linking the university's behavior with the popular game, and the clever use of the iconography associated with the game, the union is objecting to the failure to reach a contract agreement and threatening a strike.

Attika is All of Us

In September 9, 1971 1,281 prisoners at the Attica Correctional Facility in New York revolted against abuse and took 43 guards prisoner. Four days later the state police and corrections officers assaulted the prison in a six minute hail of gunfire. In that short space of time 29 prisoners and ten guards were killed, almost all by the assaulting officers. Attica came to symbolize for most of America the brutal and racist conditions in prisons. Using artwork with Native American themes and with a Germanic spelling of Attica, this poster links all people with the struggle at