Political Posters

The “All Of Us Or None” (AOUON) archive project was started by Free Speech Movement activist Michael Rossman in 1977 to gather and document posters of modern progressive movements in the United States. Though some early works are included, its focus is on the domestic political poster renaissance that began in 1965 and continues to this day. When Rossman died May 12, 2008 his family donated the collection to the Oakland Museum of California. More …

The Archive gathered posters from all streams of progressive activity — from movements of protest, liberation, and affirmative action, trade union and community struggles, to electoral and environmental organizing, community services, and visionary manifestos. It is strongest in work from the San Francisco Bay Area, but its scope is national: approximately one-quarter of its holdings come from out of state, primarily New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. These are complemented by a representation of international work. The collection consists of approximately 24,500 distinct titles.

The collection includes examples from well-known graphic artists including Malaquías Montoya, Emory Douglas, Rachael Romero, Rupert Garcia, Yolanda Lopez, Favianna Rodriguez, Carlos Cortez, Nancy Hom, Juan Fuentes, and Jos Sances, as well as material from seminal collective workshops such as La Raza Silkscreen, the Royal Chicano Air Force, Japantown Art and Media, Kearny Street Workshop, and Inkworks Press. Perhaps more important, the depth and breadth of the collection reveals the contribution of numerous lesser known or even anonymous artists whose cumulative impact on this democratic public art form has yet to be properly understood. 

The cataloging of the AOUON Archive was made possible by a generous grant from the Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation.

 

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Follow Me Home
1997

Movie poster for the film Follow Me Home. Poster shows a group of men and women, with their names listed down the left in blue. At the top is "Remember something ancient. Imagine something new."...

Follow Me Home
1997

Movie poster for the film Follow Me Home. Poster shows the face of a man with a bandana on his head with a crude pigment painting at the bottom right. Text at the top reads "Remember something...

Follow Me Home
1997

Movie poster for the film Follow Me Home. Poster has a photo of the faces of two men, with a stone carving at the bottom right. Blue text near the bottom center reads "Remember something ancient....

We Arrest Our Fear...
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Poster printed on white paper. At the top are strips of black with "Our Fear" in white. Between the strips of black is the text "We Arrest / We Convict / We Execute / We Murder / Save Mumia" in...

Follow Me Home
1997

Movie poster for the film "Follow Me Home". Poster shows the face of a woman, with a tribal mask at the bottom right. Text on the right reads "remember something ancient. Imagine something new."...

Wanted
1973

Poster has black ink printed on white paper. At the center is a photo of a man''s face. Text on the poster reads "Wanted / Effective Sept. 1, 1973 / Nelson A. Rockefeller / New York States / No. 1...

untitled (figure and hand)
1967

Poster has a black and white photo of a figure wearing a hood with a hand up, palm forward, at the bottom left.

George Jackson: Soledad Brother
1971

Poster has a black and white photo of a male figure, seen from the shoulders up. The bottom edge is black with white text reading "1941-1971 / George Jackson / Soledad Brother / his spirit will...

Seagram's Gin
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Poster printed on white paper. At the top is a mutlicolor art reproduction showing people gathered around a table. At the bottom of the poster is "Deagram''s Gin" in green and "celebrate Black...

Mississippi Burning
1989

Movie poster for the film Mississippi Burning. Stars are named at the top, along with the film title. At the center is a color photo of Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe in front of a burning cross....

untitled (basketball)
1986

Poster has a mutlicolor, stylized image of tall, lanky figures playing basketball on a court as a crowd looks on.

Pepsi Celebrates the African-American Experience
1992

Laminated poster has an orange background with a red zig-zagging border. At the top left is a stylized orange, green and black mask logo with the text "African / American / Heritage / Pride". The...

Outrageous!
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Poster has blue ink printed on white paper. At the center is a photo of a woman speaking. Text reads "Outrageous! / Shirley Chisholm / for President".

Basquiat
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Movie poster for the film, Basquiat. At the top are the four main stars, witht heir names above. At the center are excerpts from film reviews. At the bottom is a color photo of the New York...

untitled (Muhammad Ali)
1979

Poster is a color photo of a shirtless, perspiring Muhammad Ali leaning on the ropes of a boxing ring.

Memorabilia
1989

Poster printed on white paper. At the center is a multicolor art reproduction. At the top left is "Memorabilia / a commissioned work for / Vassar College Africana Studies / 20th Anniversary 1969-...

Steven Molasky: Boxers
1982

Poster printed on white paper. At the top is a stylized, multicolor image of a male figure, seen from the side, wearing a cowboy hat. At the bottom of the poster is "June 7-11 1982/Caesars Palace...

Fight Racial Discrimination and Violent Repression!
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Poster printed on white paper. At the right is a stylized red, black, brown, yellow and white image of protestors with a quote by Mao Tse-Tung at the top - "The Evil System Of Colonialism And...

untitled (illustrated scenes)
1993

Multicolor poster is filled with stylized images of scenes involving radios, including people dancing, people on a picnic, people in a car, figures in beds, a boxing match, etc.

untitled (figures and chalboard)
1971

Poster has a mutlicolor, stylized image of an adult female figure and a child standing in front of a chalkboard, filled with themes and people related to African American History, with the letters...

untitled (children)
1978

Poster has a black and white central illustration of children, with scowls on their faces.

Mama Knows
1975

Poster has a black and white photo of a naked woman sitting spead eagle on a backwards chair, looking at large white flowers in her hand. Text at the center reads "Mama Knows".

He Ain't Heavy
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Poster has a gray printed background. At the center is a black and white illustration showing a muscular, shirtless man reaching his arm down to grab the hand fo another figure. On the right edge...

untitled (female figure and flower)
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Poster printed on white paper with a multicolor, stylized image of a woman with long black hair wearing a white robe that''s falling off of her left shoulder. In front of the woman is a red flower...

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