Public Lecture: Can Art Stop a War and Save the Planet?

by - October 06, 2018


October 11, 2018, 4:30pm
310 Art & Communication Building

3715 Central Avenue

University of Memphis

Join us for a lecture by Carol A. Wells, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) in Los Angeles, California. Wells is an activist, art historian, curator, lecturer, and writer. She has been collecting posters and producing political poster art exhibitions on a variety of human rights themes since 1981. Trained as a medievalist at UCLA, she taught the history of art and architecture for thirteen years at CSU Fullerton until a poster changed her life. In 1988, she founded CSPG, an educational and research archive with more than 90,000 social movement posters from the 19th century to the present. She believes that the power of graphics can combat public apathy and feelings of helplessness, and help open up a truly democratic arena for political debate.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Freedom of the Press: Posters from Progressive Print Shops, 1960s-1990s organized by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, on view in The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art, October 8 - November 9, 2018. Free and open to the public.

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