DESIGN OF DISSENT
THE DEVELOPMENT OF WRITING AND ART ARE TWO OF THE SIX CRITICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF CIVILIZATION. CONSIDERED TOGETHER, THESE COMMUNICATION CODES ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF SOCIETAL EVOLUTION. THEY NOT ONLY IMPART INFORMATION BUT ALSO ELICIT THE EMOTION NECESSARY FOR VITAL ACTION IN A FUNCTIONING DEMOCRACY. AS THE AMERICAN PROFESSOR, POLITICAL COMMENTATOR AND AUTHOR ROBERT REICH DECLARED: “STANDING UP TO BULLIES IS THE MARK OF A CIVILIZED SOCIETY."
Design of Dissent, an exhibition at the newly opened gallery Non-Breaking Space in Seattle, Washington, examines the application of such mobilizing messages. Specifically, it surveys the typology and imagery of 50 graphic works of social and political protest from the 1960s to the present. The nonconformist creations, originally curated by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic, critique everything from war, racism and human rights violations to poverty, environmental abuse, corporate greed and gun legislation. We’ve curated a selection of the works below, placing them alongside some other seminal communiqués.