Celebrate People's History: Up Against the Wall, Mother Fucker

James David Morgan
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
September 2008
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
A gray, blue, and white poster with a skull in the center of a target. There is a quote at the top that says, "Presenting the tale of that revolutionary art gang with an unprintable name:”. The title is in the center, "Up Against the Wall, Mother Fucker!" Below this is a paragraph of white text on a gray background saying, "… Who rid Woodstock 1969 of fences, who fired blanks at the famous poet Kenneth Koch, who took over Columbia University, who inspired the Weather Underground (and their yippie friends), who caused the first utterance of the work “fuck” on television, and whose infamy keeps them out of even the most radical of histories!”
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.