Celebrate People's History: May Day

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.2
Artist:
Eric Drooker
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
April 1999
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 15.25" Width: 11"
Description:
This is a blue poster with a city and people protesting and carrying a guitar in black in in the top half of the image. Beneath there is MAYDAY written in red ink. Beneath the image there is text in red ink with the blue background. Text reads: “May Day is International Workers’ Day, a time of celebration and opposition throughout the world, except in the United State where it began. May Day commemorates the May 1st, 1886 nationwide protest for the eight hour day and the following “Haymarket Affair,” a pivotal event in the history of workers’ and anarchist movements in which four labor organizers were handed by the State in Chicago. May Day is also the ancient celebration of Spring and rebirth—the traditional time for planting new seeds in old ground.”
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.