Taking It to the Streets! The Art + Design of Posters and Flyers on the Lower East Side in the 80s + 90s
OPENING: Thursday, May 4th at 7:00pm. Running through June 20th
CLOSING: event ‘Origins of The Shadow Newspaper,’ 7:00pm-9:00pm June 21st
HOURS: Tuesday, Thursday-Sunday 12:00pm-7:00pm
Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, 155 Avenue C, between 9th and 10th Streets
Before Twitter and Facebook people had to use the streets to organize, their messages wheatpaste postered right on a pole. It was the era of ‘xeroxcracy’ and the streets were the gallery walls. These political posters and fliers raised awareness and helped organize community for grassroots political change. The posters range in subject from defending the squats and community gardens, taking on gentrification and the rich, police brutality, gender equality, environmentalism and anti-nuclear war activism. The floors of the museum will be stenciled to resemble the sidewalks of the past.
The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space is pleased to partner with ABC No Rio in Exile as they prepare to build their new facility on Rivington Street. The exhibition is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts.