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Democracy on Paper: Political Posters of the 1960s & ’70s

January 19, 2021

While TV and radio marketing campaigns surrounding American presidential election campaigns have been the subject of countless studies and critiques, the medium of posters — though just as impactful — has been largely overlooked. This is the story of the election, protest, get-out-the-vote, and satirical posters of the 1960s and ’70s that defined their generation — and shaped future ones.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore political posters made in the 1960s and 1970s, and uncover their lasting legacy as illustration and historical documents — ones that tell a story about the future of American democracy.

Led by Poster House museum’s Collections Manager, Melissa Walker, our digital showcase of these incredible posters will include:

  • An examination of election posters for presidential candidates including Nixon, JFK, and Regan
  • A look at the connection between presidential administrations of the past and protest posters, which illustrate civic engagement from those eras
  • Tracing the evolution of past poster design to contemporary election and protest posters
  • special feature of posters from Hunter S. Thompson’s run for sheriff of Aspen that can be seen in person at the upcoming Freak Power exhibition at Poster House — this show chronicles a little-known period in his life when he wrote prolifically about politics, the environment, drugs, and American values

Afterward, We’ll have a Q&A with Melissa — any and all questions about political posters are welcomed and encouraged!

Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week