Agitprop! at Brooklyn Museum, December 11, 2015 – August 7, 2016
“The term agitprop emerged from the Russian Revolution almost a hundred years ago, combining the words agitation and propaganda to describe art practices intended to incite social change. Since that time, artists across the ideological and global landscape have adopted modes of expression that can be widely reproduced and disseminated. Agitprop! features a full range of these materials, from photography and film to prints and banners to street actions and songs, TV shows, social media, and performances. Connecting current creative practices with strategies from the early twentieth century, these projects show artists responding to the pressing questions of their day and seeking to motivate broad, diverse audiences.” — Brooklyn Museum
Stuart J. Mare. National Womans Party billboard in Denver, Colorado, 1916. Photograph, 6 1/2 x 9 in. (16.5 x 22.9 cm). Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, Washington, D.C.
Shadow of the Plowman. Photograph, 1935. 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm). WPA Federal Theatre Project, Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington D.C., ML31.F44
Tina Modotti (Italian, 1896-1942). Woman with Flag (1 de Mayo, Mujer con Bandera), A- I-Z, Iss. 17 (1931). Rotogravure, approx. 15 1/8 x 11 1/8 in. (38.2 x 28 cm). The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum purchase funded by Max and Isabell Smith Herzstein
Gran Fury (active 1988-94): Richard Elovich, Avram Finkelstein, Tom Kalin, John Lindell, Loring McAlpin, Marlene McCarty, Donald Moffett, Michael Nesline, Mark Simpson, Robert Vazquez. Women Dont Get AIDS, They Just Die from It, 1991. Bus shelter sign, ink on acetate, 70 x 47 in (1.8 x 1.2 m). Public Art Fund, New York and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles