Call For Art: Feminist Posters

The L.A. based Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) has published a call for artists to submit poster art for its upcoming exhibition, Reclaiming the “F” Word: Posters on International Feminism. Reading from the CSPG press release:

Reclaiming the ‘F’ Word is scheduled to premiere March 2008 at the Art Galleries, California State University, Northridge. The exhibit will feature posters about the ongoing struggle for women’s rights, showing us that feminism must not be treated like a dirty word. Your posters will impact and educate a large audience of artists, community activists, university and high school faculty and students. Submission deadline: December 15, 2007. Criteria for posters: 1) Works must be produced in multiples such as silkscreen, offset, stencil, litho, digital output, etc. 2) Works must have overt political content.”

Accepted submissions will be exhibited but also made part CSPG’s extensive permanent collection/archive. CSPG maintains the largest archive of post-World War II political posters in the U.S., holding more than 60,000 domestic and international posters. For more information, contact the CSPG, at: 8124 West Third Street, Suite 211 Los Angeles, CA 90048-4039. Phone: 323-653-4662. E-mail: cspg@politicalgraphics.org. Web: www.politicalgraphics.org.

Poster by Frémez

[ Poster by Cuban artist José Gómez Fresquet (Frémez), circa 1970. Silkscreen on paper 18 3/8 x 24 1/8 inches. Collection of the CSPG. Originally created as an antiwar statement in solidarity with Vietnamese women, it’s uncertain if Frémez even gave his eye-catching poster a title. Always one of my favorite graphic images, this poster’s minimalist approach immediately made the connection between the objectification of women and the violence done against them. Needless to say the poster also brought up questions of race and class. The poster was reprinted, distributed and popularized in the U.S. by the then operating feminist art group, the Chicago Women’s Graphic Collective. ]

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