In this brief but penetrating account, Mary Patten, a long-time artist, activist, and teacher, reflects on her involvement in the rise and fall of the Madame Binh Graphics Collective (M.B.G.C.), an all-womens poster, printmaking, and street art collective active in New York City from the mid-1970s through early 1980s.
Grace à Josh MacPhee. His latest book Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today (PM Press), is a treasure trove of prints expressing a wide range of social and political sentiments from do-it-yourself printmakers in the U.S. and abroad.
In 1999, at the height of the WTO protests, someone scrawled We Are Winning! on a wall in downtown Seattle. Framed by a cloud of tear gas and a phalanx of cops in riot-gear, this message had a defiantly utopian tone, reminiscent of Under the paving stones, the beach, which was written on Parisian walls just over thirty years earlier.