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dedicated to documenting and publishing oppositional artwork of the late 20th century

Books and published essays
All Of Us Or None: Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area, Heyday, 2012 (author)
Agitate! Educate! Organize! - American Labor Posters, Cornell University Press, 2009 (co-author)
Chinese Posters: Art from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution,
Chronicle Books, 2007 (co-author)
Visions of Peace & Justice: 30 years of political posters from the archives of Inkworks Press, 2007 (editor)
Revolucion! Cuban Poster Art, Chronicle Books, 2003 (author)

New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness, (illustrated essay), Between the Lines Press, 2009
Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978 (illustrated essay, City Lights Books, 2011) | information and talks

Book reviews

Review of The Social and the real: Political Art of the 1930s in the Western Hemisphere, in Americas, January 2007
“Can icons be owned? The curious case of Che Guevara’s image,” review of Che's Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image. In A Contracorriente, Autumn 2009

Review of Miniature Messages: The Semiotics and Politics of Latin American Postage Stamps , A Contracorriente Spring 2009


Recent presentations and exhibitions

"Women hold up half the sky" - Bay Area women's posters of the 1970s and 1980s, exhibition at Local 123 Gallery :|: catalog of posters :|: review in Berkeley Daily Planet

Exhibition at the Berkeley Historical Society - Up Against the Wall : Berkeley Political Posters from the 1960s

Chinese Posters: Art from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, U.C. Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies, 1/28/2009
Solo exhibition of posters, University of San Francisco Law School, 3/2008-7/2008

Art Works: The Ray Smith Symposium ; The Role of the Arts in U.S. Workers' Struggles, Syracuse University, April 22-24, 2008
"Cuban Poster Art and the Spirit of Revolution," University of Oregon May 1, 2008.
"Database of American Labor Posters," Society of American Archivists, Labor Archives Roundtable, Wednesday August 27, 2008.
"Latin American Political Poster Art," Emory University, October 15, 2008
"Archives of Dissent," panel discussion at U.C. Berkeley 9/18/2008 - YouTube
"The role of the WPA in building American printmaking," presentation at Reviving the New Deal forum, City College of San Francisco, 10/17/2008



Web articles and postings

"Cataloging as Radical Practice" - the community-building role of creating catalog records, SRRT newsletter March 2014
Motorcycle parking blues - an animated complaint
"The Clark Kerr (mis)quote Adventure : A journey into conventional wisdom, casual scholarship, and librarian redemption," essay, 10/10/2010

"Posters about Ecology and the Environment Before and During the 1970s," Electronic Green Journal, fall 2010
"Cranking It Out, Old-School Style: Art of the Gestetner," AIGA Voice 10/19/2010
"Meshed Histories: The Influence of Screen Printing on Social Movement
," AIGA Voice, 5/29/2009

"Privatizing the Commons: The Commodification of New Deal Public Art,"
AIGA Voice, 5/29/2009
Rockwell Kent essay on the democratic nature of silk screen printing, 1942
"Poster collection chronicles counterculture movement," interview in Oakland Tribune 8/7/2008
Circa 1920 religious posters found in wall of my home

Poster of the British slave ship Brookes, 1789
Interview with Lincoln Cushing about political posters in PLAZM magazine
"A librarian champions political poster art," Library Journal Academic Newswire, 5/31/2007
"Red all over", article in AIGA Voice on U.S.-China-Cuba graphics
Bancroftiana
article on 1930s UC antiwar images and archives (pdf)
Unprocessed social movement collections at UC Berkeley
A brief history of the "clenched fist" image
H.K. Yuen Archive of San Francisco Bay Area Social Movement History
Origins of the Black Panther Party logo
1970 UC Berkeley antiwar poster workshop archive
Latin American poster collections at the UC Berkeley Bancroft Library
Recent books on political poster art
Stop the Olympic Prison poster, 1980 Winter Olympics

Many of the images in these archives are available as high-resolution files;
see "Image use agreement and fee structure"

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updated 4/1/2014