'Peace Press' Exhibition Tour
Long Beach, CA 90840-0004
EXHIBITION TOUR led by co- curators, Carol A. Wells, CSPG Founder/Ex Director Ilee Kaplan, Univ. Art Museum Associate Director, and former Peace Press member, Bob Zaugh.
Peace Press was a Los Angeles print collective founded by members of The Resistance when no print shops would print their materials opposing the Viet Nam War or the draft. ThePeace Press collective printed for many of the leading progressive groups of the time, including the Alliance for Survival, American Indian Movement, Angela Davis Defense Committee, Ash Grove, Black Panther Party, United Farm Workers, and the Women's Building. To Pacific Standard Times' goal of documenting the rarely acknowledged innovations of the postwar Los Angeles art scene, Peace Press Graphics adds the protest poster, one of the primary-but least documented-art forms of the times. This exhibition also reveals the importance of Los Angeles as a center of political activism.
The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles has awarded a grant to the University Art Museum at CSULB as part of its regional initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, the largest collaborative art project ever undertaken in Southern California.
The UAM, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), presentPeace Press Graphics 1967-1987: Art in the Pursuit of Social Change, a survey of the press' work and their connections to artist collectives of the time. Founded in 1967 by a unique group of L.A. activist-artists who created an "alternate everything" printing and publishing business, the Peace Press (1967-1987) emerged from the tangle of progressive political and alternative groups that flourished during the decades between 1960 and 1990.