Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area, with Lincoln Cushing
Lincoln Cushing presents All of Us or None: Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area.
A visual presentation and discussion with the author at Pegasus Books Downtown.
This long-awaited catalog of political posters pays homage to an influential
and populist art movement that has created some of the most enduring
imagery of our time. In All of Us or None, author Lincoln Cushing examines
key selections from a remarkable archive of over 24,000 posters amassed
by free speech movement activist, author, and educator Michael Rossman
over the course of thirty years. This inspiring collection of Bay Area posters
illuminates the history of this ad-hoc and ephemeral art form, celebrating
its unique capacity to infuse contemporary issues with the urgency and
energy of the eternal fight for justice.
Featuring posters on topics as diverse as civil rights, war, poverty, the
environment, music, women’s liberation, fine art, and gentrification, All of
Us or None shows us why the Bay Area was such fertile breeding ground for
the genre and why it arguably produced more independent political
posters than anywhere else on earth. Here is an exhilarating history of
artists, studios, printshops, distributors, activists, icons, and
changemakers—among them R. Crumb, Stanley Mouse, Cesar Chavez,
Max Scherr, Emory Douglas, Angela Davis, the San Francisco Mime
Troupe, Bill Graham, and Pete Seeger—together raising their voices in
opposition to the status quo.
The Oakland Museum of California is currently presenting its first comprehensive
exhibition of this recently acquired treasure from March 31 through
August 19, 2012; the show, along with this book, presents an unbroken
narrative of passionate social justice printmaking from the mid-1960s to the
About the Author
Lincoln Cushing has at various times been a printer, artist, librarian, archivist, and author.
His books include Revolución!: Cuban Poster Art and Chinese Posters: Art from the Great
Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Formerly he was the Cataloging and Electronic Outreach
Librarian at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library and he is currently an archivist for Kaiser Permanente
Heritage Resources. He is involved in numerous efforts to document, catalog, and disseminate
oppositional political culture of the late twentieth century.