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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The Tiger's Milk: Women of Nicaragua
Celebrate the 2nd Year of the Nicaraguan Revolution July 19
El Salvador Will Win!!  Gabino Palomares in Concert.
La Paz Y La Justicia: Peace With Justice
Caravan on the Road to Peace
Stop The Bombing Of El Salvador
Blockade Arms Shipments to El Salvador
Stop Bombing El Salvador
Cinco Anos en Conmemoracion de la Massacre Estudiantil
Chile/1978 (calendar)
Solidaridad Internacional con El Salvador [International solidarity with El Salvador]
La Revolucion No La Para Nadie [The revolution stops for no one]
Rally: Boycott all trade with the fascist regimes of Chile & So. [South] Africa
untitled (Chilean scenes of war and Augusto Pinochet)
Viva Chile! Inti-Illimani
Alternatives For The Americas
In Solidarity With The People Of Central America
Queremos la Paz en Centro America: Take the Pledge of Resistance
National Wildlife Refuge System
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