Celebrate People's History: Wisconsin Workers' Uprising

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.57
Artist:
Sue Simensky Bietila
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
February 2012
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
A yellow, red, and black poster with the title "Wisconsin Worker's Uprising 2011" at the top. The image is of an inside of a room where people are revolting and holding up signs and organizing. Various banners in the image read "We are Wisconsin," "This is What Democracy Looks Like!," "Kill the Bill," "Union Busting," "Resist Tyranny," and "Walk like an Egyptian."
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. "A celebration of the 2011 takeover of the capital in Madison, Wisconsin by workers and their supporters."