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Archive: Feb 2017

Art in America, February 28, 2017

Radical Images: The Visual Language of Protest
by Michael McCanne

Over the past few months, protests have erupted across the country, filling streets and airports, town halls and city parks. As the Trump administration implements its nationalist agenda, the protests will surely grow and intensify. Commentators have likened the political strife to that of the 1960s, and express disbelief that the country has arrived at such a divided and volatile state. This shock derives in part from the belief that, since that decade, this kind of unrest has been absent from American streets and politics, confined instead to election booths and the floor of Congress.

As an alternative to this narrative, two exhibitions in New York are presenting the cultural and documentary history of protests, riots, and revolution that took place over the last forty years, from the election of Richard Nixon to the end of the century.

Opening late on Sunday February 26

On Sunday February 26th Interference Archive will be open from 2pm until 5pm.

Audio Interference 29: Paper Tiger TV

“We wanted it to have a kind of handmade look…it seemed like it would be better than a curtain and a potted plant, which had been the usual for a public access program.” — Deedee Halleck

Film screening: People’s Firehouse #1 and Voces de Fillmore

Saturday, March 18, 7-9pm

As part of our reflection on the power of community media making alongside the Finally Got the News exhibition, we are excited to partner with Third World Newsreel for a screening of People’s Firehouse #1 (1979) and Voces de Fillmore (2016). Filmmaker Teresa Basilio will join us to introduce Voces de Fillmore, and to participate with the audience in a conversation about the power communities have to shape their neighborhoods, as well as the potential of community media making to tell the stories of current organizing work.

Underground Press Cataloging Party

Saturday, March 18, 2017
1-5pm

In 2016 Interference Archive received our biggest ever donation, Sean Stewart’s amazing “Babylon Falling Collection” of underground press and related ephemera. This Saturday we are hosting an cataloging party for the collection.

PennNews, February 15, 2017

Political Activism of the 1970s Leads Penn Libraries’ Brad Duncan to Role as a Collector

A handout Brad Duncan picked up during the 1995 Detroit newspaper strike is a first in his unique and extensive collection of printed materials, now more than 15,000 pieces.

Duncan is a staff member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, currently working in the interlibrary loan section after three years at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Selections from Duncan’s collection is on display in a special exhibition, “Finally Got the News: The Printed Legacy of the U.S. Radical Left, 1970-1979,” at Interference Archive in Brooklyn through May 14. Organized by Duncan and the Interference Archive, the exhibition is accompanied by a 200-page book.​​​​​​​

Reading Finally Got the News: a reading and discussion group on the 1970s Radical Left

This reading group, designed to accompany Interference Archives’ Finally Got The News exhibition, will explore some of the key liberation movements of the 1970s U.S. through the lens of written documents included in the exhibition, as well as excerpts from publications by the activists and intellectuals who led, chronicled and theorized about them. This is not a nostalgia trip, but an opportunity to critically examine some important and often-overlooked threads of our collective history in order to inform our own politics of liberation in the 21st century.

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
March 12, 2-6pm

Join Interference volunteers and local Wikipedians in a rhizomatic campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia. Participants will have the opportunity to work directly with archival materials—including ephemera related to our current exhibit, Finally Got the News—and explore intersections between art, feminism, and activism.

Building Resistance Propaganda Party

March 5, 2017
12-5pm

Interference Archive is hosting a propaganda party on March 5 to make and share graphic and informational material that we can use in our organizing work.

Commonwealth: Water For All

February 4 – July 30, 2017
At the Queens Museum

Highlighting the urgency of water issues, Commonwealth brings together We Are the Storm and Wellspring, two recent portfolios of artists’ prints developed by the Justseeds Artist Cooperative as well as a selection of materials on loan from Interference Archive which feature the now iconic graphics developed for the 2016 movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota.