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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untitled (Bob Dylan)
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Poster has a black and white photo of Bob Dylan.

untitled (male figure)
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Poster has a black background with a stylized gray and white image of a man in glasses wearing a multicolor, patterned shirt and a beaded necklace with a bell pendant.

The Beatles
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Poster has a blue printed background. At the top is "The Beatles / in Their First Full Length Hilarious, Action-Packed Film / 6 Exciting New Songs! / A Hard Day''s Night" in white, red and blue....

untitled (collage)
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Poster is a collage of black and white photos of members of the musical group, The Beatles.

untitled (The Beatles)
1967

Poster has a black and white photo of the Beatles printed on a green background.

untitled (The Beatles)
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Poster has a black and white photo of the Beatles performing.

Hair
1979

Poster printed on white paper with a red border. Repeated down the center is "Hair / THe Film" in red, orange and yellow. At the center is a stylized image of red, pink, purple, blue and green...

Ten Days to Change the World
1972

Poster has a black and white photo of a man in a short dress jumping up in front of a tree. At the top is "high! / I''m Abbie / fly me to Miami" in black. At the bottom is "ten days to change the...

Hair
1968

Poster background green at the top, yellow and the center, and red at the bottom. At the center are two heads with afro hairstyles - mirror images of one another. At the top is "Hair" in white and...

The Who
1961

Poster has red and blue ink printed on white paper. At the top is "Bill Graham Presents In New York". Arched at the top is "the Who" over a stylized image of a female figure above "Performing...

untitled (sex positions)
1969

Poster has a red background with illustrations for each zodiac sign showing different sex positions.

Bron to Love
1971

Poster has a black printed background with "Born to Love" in red and yellow, borded by purple, yellow, and red lines. At the center is a blue and green stylized image of a naked man and woman...

Fly United
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Poster has white unprinted edges with a red border enclosing ayellow background. At the left is a medal, with a line of five yellow stars at the top and one red, one white, and one blue vertical...

untitled (male figure)
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Poster has red and black ink printed on white paper. At the bottom is an illustration of a man in a head scarf that has "Ravi Shankar" printed all over it. At the top is an image of a guitar head...

Fly United
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Poster has white unprinted edges with a red border enclosing ayellow background. At the left is a medal, with a line of five yellow stars at the top and one red, one white, and one blue vertical...

untitled (man on motorcyle)
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Poster has a multicolor image of a man on a motorcycle on a blue background. Poster shows Peter Fonda from "Easy Rider."

circa 1968

Poster has a blue background. At the left and right are vertical gray and black guns. At the top is "Wanted" in black with a red image of a faceless Che Guevara. Where the facial...

Ghost Rider
1971

Poster printed on white paper and has a stylized, multicolor image of a man riding a motorcycle in the desert, with an image of a knight riding a horse in the sky. At the bottom center of the...

Sign of Aquarius
1970

Poster has white unprinted edges enclosing a spiraling background of blue, pink, green and orange. At the left is a stylized image of a topless woman in bell bottoms with her chest painted holding...

For That Stoned Sensation
1994

Poster has white unprinted edges enclosing a stylized, multicolor image of Mt. Rushmore, with Geaorge Washington smoking a marijuana joint. At the top is "for that stoned sensation." At the bottom...

Job
1967

Poster has a multicolor, stylized image of a woman with long black hair fastened with a flower smoking. At the top is "Job".

untitled (patriotic marijuana joint)
1971

Poster has a color photo of a patriotic red, white and blue American flag marijuana joint resting on top of dried grass.

Smoke Out
2000

Multicolor poster printed on white paper. At the top are the presenters for "Smoke Out / an all day mind opening music festival". On the left are the performers and on the right is a stylized...

Those Magnificent men and Their Rolling Machines
1970

Poster has a blue printed background with white illustrations scehmatic-style of machines. At the top is "Those Magnificent Men And Their Rolling Machines". The illustrations show a timeline in...

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