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Exhibition Guide

To Protect & Serve?  features graphics created during the last 50 years—from Los Angeles to New York, from Mexico to Bangladesh, and from Europe to Africa. The exhibition includes posters addressing policing as political repression, racial and gender profiling, the school-to-prison pipeline, immigration raids, militarization of law enforcement, and organizing resistance.

Press coverage for To Protect and Serve? Five Decades of Posters Protesting Police Violence


How Posters Have Targeted Police Violence, From the 1960s to Today, Lexis-Oliver Ray, Hyperallergic, Los Angeles, USA, September 28, 2020

18th Street Art Center’s ‘To Protect & Serve?’ examines cycles of police violence through protest art, Christina Campodonico, The Argonaut, Los Angeles, USA, September 23, 2020


The Power of the Poster, Alex Demyanenko, Capital & Main, California, USA, June 18, 2018

Artistas Destacan El Poder De Un Cartel Para Despertar Voluntades, Ivan Mejia, Agencia EFE, Madrid, Spain, June 10, 2018

After the killing of Stephon Clark, police need to finally stand up and say: 'Enough', Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California, USA, April 4, 2018


Words and Pictures: 'To Protect & Serve?' showcases 50 years of police brutality protest posters, Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California, USA, January 23, 2018


These Powerful Political Posters Called Out Police Violence in L.A. and Beyond, Drew Tewksbury, Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles, California, USA, December 15, 2017

Poster Power: The Dramatic Impact of Political Art, Paul Von Blum, Truthdig, Santa Monica, California, USA, December 30, 2017

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