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AIGA Eye on Design, July 26, 2017

Take Back the Fight Tells the History of Fighting Gender + Sexual Violence through Activist Design

Questions of state and social attitudes towards gender and sexual violence have recently attracted widespread attention, spurred by everything from the attacks on women in Cologne early last year to the public outrage following the results of the Brock Turner case. It’s within this context that New York’s archive of protest, the Interference Archive, stages Take Back The Fight: Resisting Sexual Violence from the Ground Up, an exhibition focusing on responses to gender and sexual violence, told through printed ephemera.

PRINT Magazine-The Activist’s History by Steven Heller

Interference Archive members, Jen Hoyer, Bonnie Gordon, Kevin Caplicki And Louise Barry interviewed by Steven Heller for the PRINT Magazine website.

Artforum, April 28, 2017

Critics’ Picks: “Finally Got The News: The Printed Legacy of the US Radical Left, 1970–1979”
by Tyler Curtis

Between military strikes in Yemen and a spike in auto-plant injuries in Alabama, the modern world persists in its technological brutality. The good news? It may have created the tools for its own undoing long ago. The current exhibition here shines a light on a broad selection of historical pamphlets, newsletters, and posters—borrowed from the archive of historian Brad Duncan—where the American Left demanded more from the postwar social contract or called to utterly reconfigure it.

Type is Beautiful, March 29, 2017

短报:美国 70 年代左翼运动印刷史料收藏
by Mira Ying

20 世纪 70 年代初期的美国见证了社会变革思潮和社会活动的升温。反战运动愈演愈烈,民权运动尤其是黑人平权运动发展到了最高峰,女性和同性恋者要求解放的呼声越加高涨。这些运动虽然由不同的根源促生,但受到了反种族主义、女权主义、共产主义、无政府主义、泛非洲主义等意识形态的影响,具有鲜明的共同特征。

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.

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.

Yeni E Dergisi, March 2017

Canavarın karnında bile mümkündür
by Ekim Kılıç

The March 2017 issue of Yeni E Dergisi, a Turkish culture magazine, featured an article on our Finally Got the News exhibition.

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.