press release

In Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, hundreds of posters, photographs, moving images, audio clips, and ephemera bring to life over forty years of activism, political protest, and campaigns for social justice. Curated by Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee as part of Exit Art's Curatorial Incubator Program, this important and timely exhibition surveys the creative work of dozens of international social movements.

Organized thematically, the exhibition presents the creative outpourings of social movements, such as those for civil rights and black power in the United States; democracy in China; anti-apartheid in Africa; squatting in Europe; environmental activism and women's rights internationally; and the global AIDS crisis, as well as uprisings and protests, such as those for indigenous control of lands; against airport construction in Japan; and for social change in France. The exhibition also explores the development of powerful counter-cultures that evolve beyond traditional politics and create distinct aesthetics, life-styles, and social organizations.

Although histories of political groups and counter-cultures have been written, and political and activist shows have been held, this exhibition is a groundbreaking attempt to chronicle the artistic and cultural production of these movements. Signs of Change offers a chance to see relatively unknown or rarely seen works, and is intended to not only provide a historical framework for contemporary activism, but also to serve as an inspiration for the present and the future.

This exhibition will travel to the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, January 23 - March 8, 2009.

During the exhibition, there will be ongoing screen printing workshops with guest artists and activists in collaboration with the Lower East Side Printshop as well as the following programs and events.

Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now
Kuratoren: Dara Greenwald, Josh MacPhee

Künstler, Künstlergruppen, Organisationen: Bread & Puppet Theatre , Solvegnon , United Farm Workers of America , Klaus Staeck, Tin Shed Workshop  (Pam Debenham), Seth Tobocman, Chuck Sperry, Frank Morales, E. Kahlgah, The San Francisco Diggers , Hijos por la Identidad y la Justicia contra el Olvido y el Silencio/H.I.J.O.S. (Sons and Daughters for Identity and Justice Against Forgetting and Silence), Crass  ( Gee Vaucher), Catherine Henriette, Aktiegroep Nieuwmarkt  (De Vrije Zeefdrukker & Iris), Boycot Outspan Aktie , Anarchist Unconvention , Kabouters  (Gerard Goosen), Uniao da Juventude Comunista , Slumstormerne , Anti-Authoritarian People , Kabouters , Autonomia , Produktionskollektiv Kreuzberg , FAMA International , Provo , No Borders  (Sandy K.), Joel Sheesley, Hot Autumn , Federazione Anarchica Bolognese , Josh MacPhee, Stacey Wakefield, Incite! , La Corriente Electrica (The Electric Charge), The Mask Factory , Hans Bouton, Reclaim the Streets , La Convergence de Luttes Anti-Capitalistes  (Rockey Tobey), Tom Civil, Ryan Hollon, Jenny Schochenmohl, Act UP , Chilean Struggle Against Pinochet and Colonialism , Neue Slovenische Kunst  (New Collectivism), Trio Design , Mondsicheln , General Union of Palestinian Women , Rafel Segui i Serres, Madame Binh Graphics Collective , Coalition Justice pour Adil Charkaoui , No 2010 Olympics , Amor y Rabia  (Love & Rage), Antifaschistische Aktion , Lotta Feminista , Bureau d´études , Anti-Atom Plenum Berlin , Gelöbnix , EuroMayday Berlin  (image-shift berlin), Indymedia , Universitat Pirata , Chile Resistence Committee , Lincoln Cushing, Active Resistance  (Stefan Pilipa), Vote Environment  (Tom Civil), Kritiske Masser , Krakers , Kalenderpanden , ARA Toronto  (Rocky Tobey), Gruppo Musical Del Comitato Per Il Salaridal Lavoro Domestico , (Musical Group of the Committee for Wages for Housework), EZLN  (Refugio Solis), Rafael Baca, EZLN , Euro  (image-shift berlin), Kein Mensch ist Illegal  (Sandy K.), Ungdomshuset , Favianna Rodriguez, Punchclock Collective  (Stefan Pilipa), Movimento Femminista , No G8 Action Japan , People´s Global Action , Chicago Women’s Graphics Collective , Chinese Democracy Movement , Camerawork , Michel Pellanders, I.R.L.  (Informations et reflexions libertaires), Association de Sauvegarde du Larzac et de son Environnement , Larzac , Uniao Dos Estudiantes Comunistas , GDUP  (Group to Galvanize Popular Unity), Associacao Portugal Angola , Uniao da Juventude Comuniasta , Partido Comunista Portugues , Movimento Democratico De Mulheres  (Democratic Women’s Movement), El Fantasma de Heredia , El Taller Popular de Serigrafia , Ryan Hollon, Tim Cole, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee , Docklands Community Poster Project , Docklands Struggle , Environmental Action Coalition  (Ursula Meyer), Women’s Pentagon Action , Steve Blake, George Mendez, Robert Cooney, Tom Otterness, Jacque Sempe, PosterFilm Collective , M.Corris, M. Garvin, Atticia Uprising , Earthworks Poster Collective  (Jan Mackay & Toni Robertson), See Red Women’s Workshop , Peg Averey, Die Grünen , Organisationen Til Oplysning Om Atomkraft , Women’s Encampment  (Bonnie Acker), Centro Stampa Movimento Studentesco , StopPub , illcommonz , Newsreel , Videofreex , People’s Communication Network , Nils Vest, The League of Revolutionary Black Workers , Oliver Ressler & Zanny Begg, Paper Tiger Television , Testing the Limits Collective , Lesbians Organized for Video Experience  (LOVE) / Tracy Fitz, & Barbara Jabaily, End the Conscription Campaign  (Paul Peter Diech), Margarita Sada, Hung Sung Dam, Iraq Veterans Against the War  (Elizabeth Press), Paysans du Larzac  (F. Montes), Tony Hastings, Black Panthers , Sphinx in cooperation with Sin Fronteras Media Collective  &, Indymedia Ambazonia , Zig-Zag , Anarchistische Groep Amsterdam/Free Union , Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp , San Francisco Print Collective 

20.09.08 - 22.11.08 EXIT ART New York
23.01.09 - 08.03.09 Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh