As we begin to fully embrace the historic nature of THIS moment in our nation and our city, we want to build on the tradition of poster creation that has fed movements from Civil Rights to Climate Change, from Anti-War demonstrations to liberation efforts for Immigrants and Indigenous and Queer communities. The history of political posters is a rich one and whether plastered on brick walls, carried in marches, or distributed to storefronts, posters have informed process, incited change, motivated progress, and made visible the voice of the people.
We recognize that our city’s current change agents stand on the shoulders of giants, specifically those on the frontlines of the sit-in demonstrations that spurred the white-led violence of Ax Handle Saturday on August 27, 1960. This poster campaign is a look at then and now… a recognition of the importance of the upcoming 60th anniversary of Ax Handle Saturday and its connections to racial justice efforts today.
The exhibition is a combination of works commissioned by Yellow House and an Open Call to the broader community. As Yellow House is currently closed due to the pandemic, these works will live through not only this virtual exhibition, but also in the streets… during demonstrations, at the Ax Handle Saturday Commemoration in late August, and other guerrilla-style displays. And as soon as we are able to open, we will put them on the gallery walls.