Original Press release for the exhibition that was censored
The Art Of Democracy
Posters from the National Coalition of Political Art Exhibitions
Addison Street Windows Gallery
2018 Addison Street
October 20 – November 29, 2008
Addison Street Windows Gallery will host an exhibition of timely political
posters created by artists from across the US within the last six months. Art
of Democracy, a national coalition of political art exhibitions, includes more
than fifty shows in every region of the country, from Muncie, Indiana, to Vashon
Island, Washington, from Kingston Rhode Island to Atlanta, Georgia. These exhibitions
are all taking place at the same time in the lead up to the November elections.
Artists connected with the Art of Democracy shows have created political posters
and sent them around the country to the different venues. Berkeley’s Addison
Street Windows Gallery at 2018 Addison Street will feature these posters from
October 20 till November 29. The posters are visible at any time in the street
facing windows in downtown Berkeley.
The posters include a wide range of criticisms of the American political scene.
There are posters encouraging voting and there are posters discounting its
value. One poster by Stephen Fredericks of New York proclaims, “Vote, like
your life depends on it … because it does.” While another by Nicolas Lampert,
of Milwaukee, WI, depicts a portrait of Emma Goldman with a quote from her,
“If voting changed anything they’d make it illegal.” Other images address topics
of immigration raids, police surveillance, lost liberty, and war. Included
in the display is a large group of Puerto Rican posters by artists who have
created work for a poster exchange with San Francisco’s Mission Grafica. The
poster exchange between exhibition venues is an integral element of the Art
of Democracy. Historically, artist driven posters have played important roles
in political and social movements.
In Northern California there are fourteen exhibitions spread out from Davis
through the Bay Area and down to Santa Cruz and Monterey. A show in San Francisco
at the Meridian Gallery called Art of Democracy - War and Empire includes among
other important works two paintings from Fernando Botero’s, Abu Ghraib series.
At Monterey Peninsula Community College an exhibition of college student’s
political artwork from around the country will be featured.
Not since perhaps the 1930’s exhibition series “Artists Against War and Fascism”
has a national coalition of shows like this been organized.