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Everybody’s Got A Right To Live: The Poor People’s Campaign 1968 & Now

April 19 – June 23, 2019 Opening reception: Friday, April 18, 6-9pm Described as Martin Luther King Jr.’s “last great dream,” the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968 was an ambitious movement to make poverty in the world’s richest nation visible and to demand justice for poor Americans. King, taking note of how economic disenfranchisement had | More »

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Hi-Viz: Australian Political Posters 1979–2019

February 8 – April 14, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, February 8, 6-9pm

An exhibition of exquisite screen-printed posters—rarely seen in the U.S.—that provide a visual commentary of politics and life in Australia over the last four decades. Renowned for their high visibility, particularly in the 1980s with their saturated fluorescent colors, these posters describe the times and events that have engaged socially active artists throughout recent periods of major change.

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Australian Political Posters: Four Decades

Thursday March 28, 2019, 6:30 pm

Australia has a rich history of political poster collectives that emerged in the 1970s and are now experiencing a resurgence. Curator Macushla Robinson will [do her best to] contextualize the political posters on display as part of Hi Vis: Australian Political Posters within the broader frame of Australian political movements, protest work and print culture over the past 40 years.

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if a song could be freedom . . . Organized Sounds of Resistance

February 21st–March 23rd, 2019
Opening: Thursday, February 21 at 5pm


AT THE COLLEGE OF STATEN ISLAND ART GALLERY

This exhibition looks at how music has shaped the manners in which we understand ourselves in the past, present, and into the future. It features the picture sleeves of more than 200 political recordings—as well as other ephemera-from across the globe that expose the broad scope of the intersection of music and politics. Visitors are invited to listen to mixtape podcasts, which will also be played on WSIA 88.9FM during the course of the exhibit.

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Radical Playdate presents: Let’s Make Zines!

Saturday, March 16, 12-2pm
Recommended ages: 8 and under
Suggested materials donation: $5 (but no one will be turned away!)

Join us for a session of stamp and stencil drawings with (kid-safe and washable) stamp pads and spray markers. At the end we’ll create a zine with our very own Risograph printer. You can take free copies of the collectively made zine with you!

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Audio Interference 62: Alison Alder

This episode features an interview with artist and collector Alison Alder, a visual artist whose work blurs the line between studio, community and social/political art practice.

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A Century of Immigration on Film

Saturday, March 9th, 7:30pm.

Three Trembling Cities (Arthur Vince, 2017) is an intimate portrait of the inner lives and daily struggles of the immigrants who make NYC’s heart tremble with hope. The first season follows two fictional circles of immigrants as they juggle jobs, relationships, immigration issues, family expectations, and their own dreams. Their stories are intercut with non-fiction interviews with immigrants who’ve faced parallel issues. In The Immigrant (1917), Charlie Chaplin follows a pair of immigrants to America and chronicles the very tangible problems they face.

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Women Make Change: a Wikipedia edit-a-thon and discussion about radical feminism in 1968

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 2–6pm

We’ll kick off this event at 2pm with a presentation and conversation led by Bev Grant, activist, musician, and photographer, about the feminist organizing in the late 1960s and the performative protests at the 1968 Miss America Pageant.

Stick around to join local Wikipedians and Interference Archive volunteers to work on a rhizomatic campaign to improve coverage of radical women and the arts on Wikipedia. Participants will have the opportunity to work directly with archival materials in the Interference collection and explore intersections between art, feminism, and activism.

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Audio Interference 61: 7K or Strike!

“We don’t believe that big gains and big transformations to unjust systems happen by just asking nicely. It happens by, as we’ve seen in all of the inspiring teacher’s strikes across the country – change happens by people really coming out and being disruptive. This is how folks throughout American history have gotten the things that they asked for, by going on strike. It’s really not some kind of radical theory.”

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Unite to Resist Fascism: Anakbayan New York Presents History of the Underground

Saturday, February 23rd, 5:30pm

This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Uprising that took place on February 22-25, 1986 and ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos after 21 years of his fascist rule in the Philippines. Anakbayan New York presents Sari Dalena and Keith Sicat’s documentary “History of the Underground.” Seven years in the making, it aims to have a deeper understanding of how the Philippines has been shaped in the last 45 years by exploring the life and times of activists, intellectuals and revolutionary leaders just prior and during Marcos’ martial law.

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Holiday open hours: Lunar New Year

February 5, 2019, 12-5pm

We love holidays, so we’ll be open on Lunar New Year! Stop by to hang out and check out our collections.

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Audio Interference 60: Radical Psychology at Alternate U

In this episode, Keith Brooks and Phil Brown share their experiences in the critical psychology movement that was a part of the revolutionary environment at Alternate U.

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Conflict & Crisis in Myanmar

Saturday, February 9,
5-6:30pm

Join Interference Archive for a rare visit by someone deeply involved in the urgent struggle to for free speech and peaceful coexistence in South East Asia. Decades of Military domination are coming to an end but despite the Burmese government coming under partial civilian control under Aung San Suu Kyi, the space for civil society continues to shrink, along with its ability to manage ethnic & religious diversity. As is well-known, Burmese journalists are increasingly arrested on trumped up charges. The promise of democracy is fading & the international community appears either hapless or complicit in the persecution of Rohingya and other minorities, well known around the world, but largely denied in Myanmar (Burma) itself.

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Radical Playdate Presents: Be the Change! NYC Launch

Saturday Feb. 9, 2019, 12-2pm
Join Radix Media as they host the New York City release of Be The Change! A Justseeds Coloring Book. It is the first coloring book featuring the art of Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative. The illustrations envision radical social transformation and pathways toward a more just future. People of all ages will find inspiration here. In a world that is getting faster every day, slow down and celebrate art and resistance. Make the revolution bright, colorful, and irresistible! Together we can be the change we want to see!

Recommended ages: 3 and up

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Radical Archives Happy Hour at Strong Rope Brewery

Thursday, February 7, 6-8pm
Strong Rope Brewery: 574 President Stree, Brooklyn NY

There’s nothing we love more than hanging out with folks who love archiving and who want to celebrate the work of radical archives. Join us on Thursday, February 7th from 6-8pm at Strong Rope Brewery in Gowanus for Radical Archives Happy Hour! Not only do we get to support an amazing local family-owned brewery, but $1 of every drink will go to Interference Archive. And, you can stick around past 8pm for live folk music!

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Free Education? Contemporary Struggles – Roundtables & Film Screening

Sunday, January 27,
2-6pm

Closing event for Free Education! The Free University of New York, Alternate U, and Learning Liberation. Includes screening of the episode Who Teaches Them? (1966) from the WGBH series Radical Americans; Wages for Students roundtable with George Caffentzis, Silvia Federici, and Wilson Sherwin, moderated by Malav Kanuga and Jakob Jakobsen; and To Transform NYC, Start with CUNY – Free University of New York City roundtable.

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Gay Liberation Front, Come Out!, and Gay Dance Parties at Alternate U and Beyond

Thursday, January 24, 2019
7–9pm

Flavia Rando and Perry Brass will discuss their personal experiences during the early years of the struggle for gay rights in New York. Flavia and Perry were two of the gay activists that used the Alternate U as a meeting place for organizing as well as liberated space hosting the world first public gay dance parties. Alternate U became a meeting place for gay activists mobilizing after the Stonewall riots in 1969. The Gay Liberation Front published the first issue of Come Out! A Newspaper by and for the Gay Community from Alternate U in 1969.

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Interference in the Classroom: an archives orientation and discussion for educators

Thursday, January 17, 6-7:30pm

K-12 teachers (and beyond!) are invited to join members of the Education Working Group at Interference Archive for an archives orientation and discussion about how we can use archival material with students in the classroom. The Education Working Group will also share some curriculum developed for educators to use in the classroom, either in tandem with or in substitute for physical archive visits when traveling with a class is tricky, and will invite suggestions from educators on how archives can further support teachers and students.

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The archive will be open on January 21st for MLK Day

Monday, January 21st, 12-5pm

We’ll be open on January 21st, in case you’re looking for something to do on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Stop by to browse Civil Rights, Black Liberation materials, and more in our collection.

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Free Education! The Free University of New York, Alternate U, and Learning Liberation

October 11, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Opening reception: October 11, 6-9pm

Rooted in an examination of the history of the Free University of New York (FUNY), a 1960s experiment in radical education, this exhibition and event series reflects on the questions: What is a university? What does the university have that we want? What does the university have that we don’t want? How would a university look if we could build one from scratch?