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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.

Art Handler, November 7, 2016

In Favor of the Collective: “Just Cause : Bad Faith” Amanda Ryan, November 7, 2016 This article originally appeared at http://art-handler.com/magazine/in-favor-of-the-collective-just-cause-bad-faith?nosplash=true The apron-clad January calendar model reclines seductively on the surface of a table saw, safety glasses nonchalantly perched on top of their head—OSHA be damned. “That’s the Freelance Art Handlers Calendar,” explained exhibition co-organizer Stephen | More »

Interference Archive is the Best of NYC in 2016!

The Village Voice has just named Interference Archive on it’s “Best of NYC” list for 2016. Check out what they have to say about the amazing work our community is doing! Interference Archive BEST PLACE TO LEARN ABOUT THE REVOLUTION The average Gowanus party doesn’t come with a sign proclaiming “an end to segregation because of | More »

ArtSlant, March 21, 2016

Racial Justice: A Collection of Books and Print Ephemera from Brooklyn’s Interference Archive by The Night Library originally published at: http://www.artslant.com/ew/articles/show/45503 At our request, the Interference Archive, based in Gowanus, Brooklyn, kindly agreed to curate a collection on the theme of “Racial Justice” to present on ArtSlant. In keeping with the spirit of the project, | More »

New Yorker, March 11, 2016

A Feminist Edit-a-Thon Seeks to Reshape Wikipedia
By Talia Lavin

The Interference Archive, a volunteer-run institution dedicated to gathering “the cultural ephemera of social movements,” sits across the street from a trendy pie shop and around the corner from the Morbid Anatomy Museum, in the spartan, brick-heavy confines of Gowanus, Brooklyn. Last weekend, while the museum hosted a flea market, its venders hawking “artful bones,” a group of twenty or so descended on the archive for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, themed around art and feminism—one of a series of such events unfolding throughout the city.