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News: The Graphic Imperative exhibition now in Los Angeles CA (US)
November 1, 2007, received from Elizabeth Resnick

Poster by Felix Beltran, 1971
Luckman Fine Arts Complex
California State University, Los Angeles CA (US)

The Graphic Imperative

International Posters for Peace & Social Justice & the Environment 1965 to 2005 111 posters representing 22 countries and forty years of sociopolitical graphic design.

October 27 - December 15, 2007

The Graphic Imperative is a select retrospective of forty years of international sociopolitical posters. Themes include dissent, liberation, racism, sexism, human rights, civil rights, environmental and health concerns, AIDS, war, literacy and tolerance, collectively providing a window to an age of great change. Focusing on the issues of our turbulent times, these 111 posters illustrate the social, political and aesthetic concerns of many cultures in an immediate and bold way.

Works in the exhibition include many posters created and circulated widely in the United States, including Lorraine Schneider's "Another Mother for Peace" (1967), Tomi Ungerer's "Black Power, White Power" (1967), Milton Glaser's "Images of Labor" (1981), Ester Hernandez "Sun Mad II" (1982), Seymour Chwast's "War is Madness" (1986), the Guerilla Girls' "Do Women Have to be Naked to Get into the Met Museum?" (1989), Gran Fury's "Women Don't Get Aids" (1991), the recent "Iraq" (2004) by Forkscrew Graphics, and more. Representing different parts of Europe, South America, and Asia, posters in the exhibition also include unforgettable works such as Cuban designer Felix Beltran's "Libertad para Angela Davis" (1971); Swiss designer Niklaus Troxler's "Dead Trees" (1992); German designer Lex Drewinski's "Racism Triptych" (1993-99); Chinese designer Fang Chen's "Victory" (1998); Israel designer Yossi Lemel's "Israel Palestine 2002 Bloodbath" (2002); and Canadian designer Andrew Lewis "Impunidad (Posters Against Impunity)" (2004), among many others.

"The Graphic Imperative" was curated and organized by Elizabeth Resnick, Chaz Maviyane-Davies and Frank Baseman in cooperation with the Massachusetts College of Art, supported in part by The Massachusetts College of Art Foundation and Philadelphia University. The official exhibition website is

The exhibition is accompanied by an 80-page color-illustrated catalog available at the Gallery.

Related Events:

Conversations: Graphics for Social and Political Change
A series of discussions moderated by Jon Beaupre (Asst. Prof. Communication Studies at CSULA, and frequent guest host on NPR affiliate, KPCC Pasadena) Organized by GAUGE, the student Graphic Design Group at Cal State L.A.

Thursday, November 8, 7:00pm John Clark, Garland Kirkpatrick, and Nancy Le May

Thursday, November 15, 7:00pm Tomas Benftez, Eric Lindroth, and Carol Wells

Thursday, November 29, 7:00pm Rebecca Mendez and Mary Sutton

Closing Reception
Saturday, December 8, 5-7:00pm
Co-hosted by AIGA/LA, the professional association for design

Featuring exhibition walkthrough by Elizabeth Resnick, AIGA Boston 2007 Fellow

Luckman Fine Arts Complex
Luckman Gallery
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032-8116 Tel. (323) 343-6604
Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
And 1 hour prior to and during intermission of Luckman theatre Presentations

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