Celebrate People's History: Emma Goldman

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.7
Artist:
Ben Rubin
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
February 2002
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
A black white and red poster that is styled like a face playing card. At the top it says "Emma Goldman 1869-1940" and has her holding a bomb on one side and a condom on the other. There is the anarchist "A" symbol at the top left and bottom right. At the bottom of the card there is black text that reads, “Anarchist writer and activist who fought for human rights, women’s equality, sexual freedom, contraception, fair labor practices, education, individual liberty and social revolution.”
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.