Events & Exhibitions



25 Years of Celebrating the Art of Resistance


Sunday, October 12, 2014

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We are excited to invite you to celebrate the Center for the Study of Political Graphics’ (CSPG) 25th Anniversary.  Please join us Sunday, October 12, 2014 as we recognize these outstanding honorees:

Dolores Huerta, Founder and President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, activist for farm workers, women’s rights, social justice and civil rights, will receive the Culture of Liberation Award:
Culture contains the seed of opposition becoming the flower of liberation.
–Amílcar Cabral

Samella Lewis, artist, author and founder of the African American Museum in Los Angeles,
will receive the Art is a Hammer Award:
Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.
–Vladimir Mayakovsky

Larry Gross, media scholar and LGBT activist, and Scott Tucker, political journalist and health care activist, members of the Green and Socialist parties, will receive the Historians of the Lions Award:
Until the lions have their historians, tales of hunting will always glorify the hunter.
–African Proverb

This event will take place at the Professional Musicians Union Local 47, 817 Vine Street, in Hollywood at 3pm. There will be an elegant reception, a dynamic poster presentation, and a unique auction of vintage posters and original artworks. The program will include the award presentations and a performance by the Get Lit Players.

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Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism

Silkscreens from California’s Latino/a Printmaking Community

CSPG posters are also featured
in the following Exhibitions

LA Starts Here!


CSPG Exhibitions

Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) created this traveling poster exhibition highlighting more than twenty boycotts from the 1950s to the present. 

Boycott is traveling to dozens of venues around the U.S. The schedule is being organized by AFSC. See dates below.

Link to photos of the exhibit at the First Unitarian Church in Worcester, MA

This exhibition was funded in part by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

The Art of Economic Activism

Aug. 1-Sept. 1, 2014 
-Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, M.O.
Sept. 5-Oct. 3, 2014 
-Uri-Eichen gallery, Chicago
Oct. 9-27, 2014  (Social Justice Com)
-Nativity Catholic Church in Fargo, N.D.
Nov. 13-Dec. 17, 2014 
-Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, I.L.

To see L.A. Times article on recent vandalism of Boycott! Exhibition:

Featured Posters - Top to Bottom

1. Boycott!
Favianna Rodriguez
Digital Print, 2013
Oakland, CA

2. Walk Out on Walmart
Melanie Cervantes, Dignidad Rebelde
Digital Print, 2011
Oakland, CA

3. Boycott Coors Beer
Howard Quinn Co.
Digital Print, 2011
Oakland, CA

4. Boycott Grapes
Melanie Cervantes, Dignidad Rebelde
Offset, 1970sDigital Print, 2011
San Francisco, CA

Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex

Prison Nation is currently available to travel to your school/gallery/organization

For more information:

Prison Nation: Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex features powerful posters from artists, activists, and organizations around the country and the world that cry out against the devastating impact of mass incarceration and rapidly growing prison industrial complex (PIC).

The United States has the largest prison population in the world-over 2.3 million people behind bars. The U.S. has only 5% of the world's population yet we have 25% of the world's incarcerated population.

The posters in Prison Nation cover many of the critical issues surrounding the system of mass incarceration including: the death penalty, the Three Strikes law, racism, access to education and health care, the growing rate of incarceration, slave labor, divestment, privatization, torture, and re-entry into the community. They show the power of art to educate and inspire people to action.

This project was funded by the James Irvine Foundation, California Arts Council, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Prison Nation Gallery Guide.pdf

For the past two years, Prison Nation: Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex, has travelled throughout the San Joaquin Valley and the Inland Empire. Link to photos of Prison Nation activities below:

See Installation shots at U.C. Merced Kolligian Library on CSPG facebook

ART & PROTEST: Resisting the Prison Industrial Complex See January 24 photos on CSPG facebook

See photos of Prison Nation displayed at the January 26 Freedom Rally photos on CSPG facebook


Prison Nation
Gallery Guide.pdf

This project is funded by the James Irvine Foundation

and the California Arts Council and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

SerigrafíaSilkscreens from California’s Latino/a Printmaking Community

July 20— September 7, 2014  

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


Serigrafía surveys the powerful tradition of information design in California's Latino community, featuring thirty influential silkscreens from the 1970s to the present. Created at and distributed by artist-led collectives, or centros, the works in the exhibition explore subjects such as the Viet Nam war, United Farm Workers grape boycott, U.S. intervention in Central America and the Caribbean, and the Iraq War.  Recent work includes marriage equality and the Occupy Wall Street Movement.  All were conceived to provoke, protest, and praise.  Occupying the formal ground somewhere between mass media and art object, they have often been relegated to the margins of display and critical reception more due to their political content, than for their aesthetics.

For information about more public programming, please visit:

Link to Interview with
Carol A. Wells on Serigrafía


Serigrafía was organized by Exhibition Envoy from collections throughout California, including the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.  It is funded by the James Irvine Foundation.

CSPG Posters are Featured in the Following Exhibition

LA Starts Here!

January 1, 2013 - November 30, 2014

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA  90012


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