Celebrate People's History: Milwaukee 14

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.13
Artist:
Brandon Bauer
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
March 2005
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
A black and blue image on a group of people standing in front of a cityscape with a white fire on the left side. There is white text on the bottom that says, “On September 24th 1968, fourteen people—including five priests and a minister removed approximately 10,000 draft files from Milwaukee’s Selective Service and burned them with home-made napalm."
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.