GRAPHIC RADICALS: 30 Years of World War 3 Illustrated

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GRAPHIC RADICALS: 30 Years of World War 3 Illustrated

475 Tenth Ave.
10018 New York
December 7th, 2010 - February 7th, 2011
Opening: December 7th, 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

212 966 7745
animation, commissioned murals, documentaries


Graphic Radicals is a 30th anniversary retrospective of World War 3 Illustrated, an independently published political comic magazine founded in 1980 by artists Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper. Comprised of original drawings, drawings and paintings, posters, animation, commissioned murals, documentaries, and a complete set of issues, Graphic Radicals is the largest exhibition on the magazine to date and highlights the collective history that World War 3 Illustrated has scrutinized, documented and participated in for over three decades.

World War 3 Illustrated was first established in response to the Iran hostage crisis and impending election of Ronald Reagan and since then has confronted social and political issues ignored by the mainstream press. The magazine is an annual publication produced by a collective of artists, with each issue addressing a particular theme. World War 3 Illustrated has covered topics as diverse as the Tompkins Square riot, homelessness, first-person accounts of 9/11, the prison industrial complex, a teacher’s strike in Mexico, Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts and, in the forthcoming issue, the food chain.

Critic Lucy Lippard wrote of World War 3 Illustrated that its “ecological and social prophecies are coming to pass, and the apocalyptic vision that gives WW3 its desperate force and unique identity is the present.”



All events are $5 suggested donation.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010 / 7-9pm
Opening Night: Issue #41 Release Party
The opening of Graphic Radicals coincides with the release of World War 3 Illustrated: Issue #41 – The Food Chain. Copies of the issue will be available for purchase and artists from the magazine’s long history will be on hand to sign copies.

Everybody eats … but how do we stop from being eaten? This latest batch of new comics unearths some of the answers and asks the big questions about the food chain, our relationship to it and experiences with it. Featuring work by Jennifer Camper, Sue Coe, Sandy Jimenez, Sabrina Jones, Peter Kuper, Mac McGill, Rebecca Migdal, Seth Tobocman and many others. Edited by Ame Gilbert, Ethan Heitner, Sandy Jimenez, Rebecca Migdal, and Edwin Vazquez.

Friday, January 14, 2011 / 7-9pm
Picture the Homeless
With artist talks and presentations by Seth Tobocman, Mac Mcgill and Rebecca Migdal and music by Eric Blitz and Andy Laties
Picture the Homeless is a grassroots organization of homeless men and women who fight to impact and change policies and systems on issues that directly effect the homeless population such as housing, police violence, and the shelter-industrial complex.

Friday, January 21, 2011 / 7-9pm
Time’s Up
With artist talks and presentation by Susan Simensky Bietila and Peter Kuper
Time’s Up is a New York City-based direct-action non-profit group that organizes events and educational programs to promote a more sustainable city.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 / 7-9pm
Milk Not Jails
With artists talks and presentations by Sabrina Jones and Kevin Pyle
Milk Not Jails is a consumer campaign to mobilize New York residents to support the dairy industry and the long-term sustainability of the rural economy. It advocates for criminal justice and agriculture policy reform to bring about positive economic growth.


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