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Art Practical, March 23, 2017

Signs of the Times
by Ashley Stull Meyers

January 21 of this year was a historic day for Americans of all political leanings. For those who sympathize with or are protected by liberal-leaning ideology, the 2017 Women’s March on Washington served to illustrate that they were not alone—that an arguable majority of the nation shares their discontent. For those in celebration of the previous day’s inauguration and speculative incoming agenda, it signaled precisely how steep the incline toward a true national conservatism will be.

frieze magazine, March 21, 2017

Documentary: Interference Archive by Dan Fox frieze visits Interference Archive in New York, USA – a volunteer-run collection of social and political objects and ephemera – to find out about its mission and work This post originally appeared at https://frieze.com/media/interference-archive

Hyperallergic, March 20, 2017

The Graphic Idealism of the 1970s US Radical Left
by Murat Cem Menguc

In these days of protest and protest culture, the Interference Archive is making its own contribution in order to keep us going. Titled Finally Got The News: The Printed Legacy of the U.S. Radical Left, 1970–1979, their new exhibition focuses on the legacy of US radical left movements during the 1970s. The archive regards this as their most ambitious exhibition so far, and in their small gallery space they showcase a truly rich collection of pamphlets, posters, and flyers. The exhibition brings back to life the culture of social movements that fought racism, imperialism, patriarchy, and capitalism throughout the 1970s.

mic.com, March 5, 2017

Brooklyn activists make free protest swag at propaganda party
by Claire Lampen

Protests are more or less a daily occurrence in President Donald Trump’s America, which means — among other things — that people are going to want/need signs. And buttons. And apparel. And posters.

Enter Print Organize Protest, “a network of independent artists and printers working together for radical social change,” according to its website. POP coordinated events on Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Berkeley, California; Santa Cruz, California; San Francisco; and New York.

Brooklyn was home to two print-fests on Sunday, one at Shoestring Press in Crown Heights and another at Interference Archive, an open-stacks archive and exhibition space documenting the history of social movements. Located in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, Interference Archive has been operational since 2011 and houses a horde of materials — including posters, buttons, leaflets, newspapers and audio recordings — visitors can peruse at their leisure.

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.

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.​​​​​​​

Bangor Daily News, January 30, 2017

Collective Actions II
Remember playing the game Telephone when you were young? One person whispers a statement to the person sitting next to them, then that person whispers it to their neighbor and on and on around the circle with the last person speaking the now radically changed statement aloud.

This exhibition features the collaboration between two printmaking studios, Zea Mays Printmaking (Florence, MA) and Peregrine Press (Portland, ME) and begins with one artist from each studio responding to a secret verbal prompt. These two beginning artists will create a print that is a visual interpretation of the verbal prompt. The process will continue until 75 artists have participated over the course of five months.

CNN, January 18, 2017

A movement today inspired by protests past
People gathered in New York at Interference Archive, a space immersed in the protests of the past, to create materials for the inauguration-week protests.

New Yorker, January 18, 2017

A Seedbed of New Images to Protest Trump
by Colin Moynihan

Over the weekend, an organization in Brooklyn called the Interference Archive gave away about five thousand stickers, three thousand printed posters, a thousand buttons, and almost two gallons of red and black paint that ended up silk-screened onto T-shirts, tote bags, and patches in the form of mottoes like “Don’t Mourn, Organize.” The occasion for the giveaway, Donald J. Trump’s swearing-in as President this week, was viewed with gloom by many who showed up on Saturday and Sunday.

Democracy Now, January 17, 2017

Protesters Nationwide Launch Campaign to #InaugurateTheResistance
In Washington, D.C., thousands of activists chanting “No justice, no peace” kicked off a week of resistance to the inauguration with a march to the Capitol Building on Saturday. The protest took aim at Trump’s plans for a nationwide stop-and-frisk program, the planned repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and police brutality. The protest was the first of a series of actions being organized under the hashtag “#InaugurateTheResistance.” In Brooklyn, New York, hundreds packed a weekend “Propaganda Party” to create fliers and protest art ahead of the inauguration.