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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c. 1967

Poster has a red border around a center image and red, green and yellow lettering. In the center is a drawing of Baroque dancers in red and green. The poster reads, "Synanon Street Scence/ Lombard...

1969

Poster has a black and white photograph of a pregnant woman in profile. She has long hair and is topless. Printed on the side of her breast is "Caution Keep out of the Reach of Children*." Below...

1970

Poster has a red background with a white drawing of an arm breaking through a wall holding a lit torch. There is a broken dollar sign in the bottom left corner. The bottom right corner has a white...

c. 1970

Poster is printed on off-white colored paper with brown text and image. It has a drawing of a pelican in the center standing on a log. The poster reads, "A wonderful bird is the pelican;/ His...

1967

Poster has a photograph in brown of protestors and police in riot gear holding signs. On the left of the poster is a large black border with seven brown photographs of men. Printed over the large...

1968

Poster has a large brown photograph of protestors holding signs and police in riot gear. On the left are seven photographs of men framed in small squares. Printed over the large image in black is...

c. 1968

Poster has a black background with a white drawing of a figure from the back wearing a hat and holding a club in one hand. The upper right corner has large white letters, "OXI." The bottom center...

1967

Yellow poster paper with red and blue images in the middle. The center background is a collage of red images of Vietnamese people after they were bombed with napalm. Some images have U.S....

1966

Small poster that has a center drawing of a woman. She has swirl designs all over her body, long fingernails, blue bra with fringe, and a blue skirt with fringe. The poster reads, "The Better...

1965

Poster has an orange image on the upper right of three Vietnamese people. One is a man with a large brimmed hat, a woman with a head scarf and a young girl with long hair. Printed in black next...

c. 1968

Poster has a large black and white photograph of Che Guevara's smiling face. The bottom center edge has "Che Vive, Viva Che!" pirnted in black.

c. 1967

Poster has a black and white photograph of a man standing in front of an opening. The man is standing in the lighted area from the opening with his face in shadow. Seen through the door opening is...

1967

Poster has a border of orange and white. Poster depicts what appears to be a star or constellation chart, with a drawing of a male figure, a bird, and a dog or wolf. The male figure is depicted in...

1970

Poster is printed on tractor-feed computer paper. Top edge of poster has text in orange and red: "Timothy Leary Benefit / Prometheus / Bound / Eschmus". Below is a drawing of a nude male figure (...

1971

Poster has a white background that fades to black. In the center is a photograph of a large fist holding an image of Angela Davis' face behind jail cell bars. The bottom center has "Angela"...

1968

Poster has a black and white drawings of people of African descent overall. In the center is Martin Luther King. The top edge has "Poor People's Campaign 1968" in white. The bottom...

1981

Top edge has: "Streetart / The Punk Poster In San Francisco" in red text. Below is an image of a human mouth and black and white stripes. The bottom left corner of the poster has as small red...

1973

Poster is white with brown text and image. In the center is a collage drawing o fvarious people working with a blow torch, headset, wrench, and telephone pole. In the background are buildings. The...

c. 1972

Poster has a black and white photograph of an African woman holding a boy in her arms with a gun over one shoulder. In the upper right of the photograph is "There are but two sides in a war - she...

c. 1980

Poster has a red background with images in the center of prominent African figures and leaders. On the left is an image of Martin Luther King, Jr. and on the right and Egyptian obelisk. The top...

1967

Small poster with a green background and black text. Poster reads from top to bottom, "The Young Men's Social Club/ Presents/ Cultural and Social Liberation/ for/ Afro-American Nationalists/ Tue....

c. 1970

Poster has a border that looks like a rolled paper in red. In the center is a black and white drawing of Jesus Christ. The poster reads in black, "Reward for Information leading to the...

1997

Poster has a yellow and green background. Top of poster has text: "If You Can Say 'Condom' in English... / You know how to say / 'Condom' / in French, Italian AND Spanish!!".Top right corner of...

1971

Poster has a black and white drawing of an old model car spewing smog into the air and oil onto the road. Along the right edge are seven red roqd signs with, STOP, HELP!, PAY, WRONG WAY, IDIOT,...

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