Celebrate People's History: Crass

Brandon Bauer
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
December 2010
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
A black and white poster with the anarchist "A" in the center and a gun snapped in half above it. Below this is a black background with white text that reads: “Crass was a group of artists, activists, writers, filmmakers and musicians that banded together using pun as a resistant cultural form for the promotion of anarchism as a political ideology—a way of living and as a resistance movement. Crass was one of the earliest proponents of the anarcho-punk movement and created a distinctive and often referenced graphic aesthetic that is to this day an internationally recognized hallmark of the anarcho-punk crass advocated direct action-animal rights and environmentalism, feminism, antiracism and were decidedly anti-war. They advocated a do it yourself approach producing agitational sound collages, graphics, albums and films as well as stenciled graffiti messages around London, coordinated quotes and organized political action.”
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.