Various Postage Stamps, 1970–1990.

Various Postage Stamps, 1970–1990.

DESIGN OF DISSENT

PORTFOLIO

 

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.

 

 

 
Peace: 100 Ideas, 2004. ARTWORK BY JOSHUA CHEN, MAX SPECTOR AND JENNIFER TOLOZ. 

Peace: 100 Ideas, 2004. ARTWORK BY JOSHUA CHEN, MAX SPECTOR AND JENNIFER TOLOZ. 

 
 
 
 
The Silent Majority, 1969. ARTWORK BY PRIMO ANGELI.

The Silent Majority, 1969. ARTWORK BY PRIMO ANGELI.

Colors Magazine, 1991–1995.                                        ARTWORK BY TIBOR KALMAN.

Colors Magazine, 1991–1995.                                        ARTWORK BY TIBOR KALMAN.

 
Period Equity, 2017. ARTWORK BY PAULA SCHER AND COURTNEY GOOCH.

Period Equity, 2017. ARTWORK BY PAULA SCHER AND COURTNEY GOOCH.

 
 
 
 
Mahatma Gandhi begins a fast in protest of caste separation, 1932.

Mahatma Gandhi begins a fast in protest of caste separation, 1932.

 
Rosa Parks in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955.

Rosa Parks in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955.

 
 
 
 
 
Stop the Plant, 2003. ARTWORK BY WOODY PIRTLE.

Stop the Plant, 2003. ARTWORK BY WOODY PIRTLE.

 
Victory, 1998. ARTWORK BY FANG CHEN.

Victory, 1998. ARTWORK BY FANG CHEN.

 
 
 
 
Army veterans forming human shield to protect NoDAPL protesters at Standing Rock, North Dakota, 2016.

Army veterans forming human shield to protect NoDAPL protesters at Standing Rock, North Dakota, 2016.


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