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Get with the Action: Political Posters from the 1960s to Now

When: Until June 17 2018
Where: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St, San Francisco, USA.
How much: Check website for details.
More info: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Political posters have been calling people to action since the mid-1960s. The exhibition ‘Get with the Action: Political Posters from the 1960s to Now’ at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, (SFMOMA), examines why the political poster has been successful in unifying and activating citizens on important political issues for more than 50 years.

The exhibition looks at the political poster as a powerful communication tool and a work of art, as well as how its democratic nature has impacted its place in political and social life. The title ‘Get with the Action’ is taken from a screen-print by the artist, activist and nun Corita Kent, who’s work using serigraphs drew attention to issues such as poverty, racism and war.

The works featured in the exhibition were primarily created in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Four rotations are presented over the course of the exhibition.

[Main Image: Thomas Hawk, artwork by Shepherd Fairey. Courtesy of Flickr via Creative Commons]