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Graphic Liberation Pt. 2: Alison Alder


Online via the Art and Art History Department at Colgate University


A critical conversation between Alison Alder and Josh MacPhee, engaging question around the history of political graphics, the tension within aesthetics and social movements, a focus on poster making for antinuclear and Indigenous struggles, and the politics of representation. To register for this zoom discussion, click HERE.

Alison Alder is a visual artist whose work blurs the line between studio, community and social/ political art practice. She has worked within community groups, art collectives, research institutions and Indigenous organizations. Her research is focused on empowering communities through the visualization of common social aims primarily using screen-printed posters as her medium of choice. Alder was a key member of Redback Graphix, whose ethos and screenprintedposters are the subject of a monograph published by the National Gallery of Australia.

Organized by Josh MacPhee, the 2020/21 Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Art and Art History at Colgate University.
Alison Alder is second in a series of live conversations between Josh MacPhee, Colgate students, and distinguished political graphics producers, exploring the role of culture in social movements and the history and evolutionary usage of political graphics.

Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, and archivist. He is a founding member of both the Justseeds Artistsā€™ Cooperative, a decentralized group of political artists from the US, Canada, and Mexico, and Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements, based in Brooklyn, NY. MacPhee is the author and editor of numerous publications, including Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now and Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture.

Presented by the Art and Art History Department and the Christian A. Johnson Foundation. The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Artist-in-Residence was established in 1986 as a challenge grant in support of the arts at Colgate. The residency program permits one or more artists or scholars in each of the areas of fine arts, music, and theater to become part of the Colgate community every academic year.

image: Alison Alder/Red Back Graphix Collective, Broad Left Conference, screenprint, 1985.

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