Celebrate People's History: Grandmothers of Austin

The Stockyard Institute
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
July 2014
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
A poster with a blue background and an image of a woman in the center, with white ink etchings around her head. Below her face at the bottom of the image is a paragraph of text that says, “The Austin community is on Chicago’s far west side and is a community of women who look out over their neighborhood for the sake of the children. The grandmother gatekeepers are the powerful protectors of the young. The kind-hearted benefactors of supple and uncertain lives. Their steady efforts amidst risks are invisible to everyone except those who can not yet rise up in that community alone. Bridging wisdoms that will not be erased, tracing (her)stories to know the meanings of today.”
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.