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Signs of Change! Now in Troy …

Posted on April 13th, 2009 in AK Authors!, Happenings

We know you’re all anxiously awaiting the appearance of Josh MacPhee and Dara Greenwald’s incredible new compendium of movement art, Signs of Change (due out later this season). Hopefully some of you had the chance to catch the actual gallery show when it graced the walls of NYC’s Exit Art or Pittsburgh’s Miller Gallery last year, but if not, you have another chance: Signs of Change has just begun a new engagement at The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY, and runs until June 5!

Check out the description for the show, and photos from the install below (courtesy of the JustSeeds blog).


Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now

Reception: April 24, 2009 5:00-9:00 PM
Exhibition runs from April 5, 2009 – June 5, 2009

The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy NY, 518.273.0552,
Sponsored by iEAR Presents! and Humanities at Rensselaer

In Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, hundreds of posters, photographs, moving images, audio clips, and ephemera bring to life over forty years of activism, political protest, and campaigns for social justice. Curated by Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee as part of Exit Art’s Curatorial Incubator, this important and timely exhibition surveys the creative work of dozens of international social movements.
 Organized thematically, the exhibition presents the creative outpourings of social movements, such as those for Civil Rights and Black Power in the United States; democracy in China; anti-apartheid in Africa; squatting in Europe; environmental activism and women’s rights internationally; and the global AIDS crisis, as well as uprisings and protests, such as those for indigenous control of lands; against airport construction in Japan; and student and worker revolution in France. The exhibition also explores the development of powerful counter-cultures that evolve beyond traditional politics and create distinct aesthetics, life-styles, and social organization.
 Although histories of political groups and counter-cultures have been written, and political and activist shows have been held, this exhibition is a groundbreaking attempt to chronicle the artistic and cultural production of these movements. Signs of Change offers a chance to see relatively unknown or rarely seen works, and is intended to not only provide a historical framework for contemporary activism, but also to serve as an inspiration for the present and the future.