Reclaim! Remain! Rebuild!
Posters on Affordable Housing, Gentrification & Resistance
May 20, 2017 – June 29, 2017
A new exhibition from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG)
Please join CSPG for the opening of Reclaim! Remain! Rebuild! Posters on Affordable Housing, Gentrification & Resistance, a timely and compelling new exhibition premiering at Mercado la Paloma, 3655 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90007, Saturday, May 20th from 2-4 PM. This bilingual exhibition, on display through June 29th, presents 75 powerful posters from CSPG’s archive about a housing crisis that is more urgent now than ever. Reclaim! Remain! Rebuild! features graphics created during the last 60 years. The exhibition includes posters from Boyle Heights to Boston, from Melbourne to Paris. Topics covered include restrictive covenants, gentrification, displacement, homelessness, community building, and resistance. Housing is a battleground. It is central in the struggle to build thriving and inclusive communities. Posters are a powerful and strategic tool to oppose gentrification and displacement, promote affordable housing, and publicize the plight and rights of the homeless. Posters educate and inspire people to action. These graphics document a crisis that is local, national, and international, and affirm that housing is a human right. In line with CSPG’s mission of using art to educate and inspire people to action, a panel, tours, and poster-making workshop will accompany the exhibition. The panel will take place at the opening on May 20, and will feature the following curators and housing rights activists: Nancy Halpern-Ibrahim, Esperanza Housing Corporation; Carol A. Wells, CSPG; Cynthia Strathman, SAJE; Channa Grace, WORKS; Isela Gracian, East LA Community Corporation; and Pete White, LACAN. On Saturday, June 10th, 1-4 PM, printmaker Ernesto Vazquez will lead a linoleum cut workshop for participants to make their own political graphics (Space is limited, please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org). All events are free and open to the public. CSPG is an activist, educational, and research archive with more than 90,000 social movement posters from the 19th century to the present, including the largest collection of post-World War II political posters in the United States.
Reclaim! Remain! Rebuild! is funded by The California Endowment, California Arts Council, City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, with additional support from Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, The Getty Foundation, and Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
Upper images L to R: Housing for the People, Design Action Collective, Causa Justa :: Just Cause, People's Poster Project, Offset, 2010, Berkeley, CA; Condozilla, Josh MacPhee, Stencil, 2000, Chicago, IL; Fight for the International Hotel, Rachael Romero, San Francisco Poster Brigade, Offset, 1977, San Francisco, CA;
Lower images L to R: What’s the Difference…?, Guerrilla Girls, Offset, 1991, New York, NY; Community Control of the Land, Favianna Rodriguez, Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), Self-Help Graphics (SHG), Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), Silkscreen, 2002; 33% of the Homeless are Veterans, San Francisco Print Collective, Silkscreen, 2006, San Francisco, CA
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