Peace or Pieces.
[Vietnam War / Pacifism / Berkeley]. [Political Poster Workshop.]

Peace or Pieces.

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[Berkeley]: [Political Poster Workshop], [1970]. 15 x 22 inches. Broadside. Silkscreen printed in red and blue on the verso of a two-sheet dot-matrix computer printout, with the expected fold line where the two printer sheets join and perforated edges; "RAPE" stamped in black to lower corner, as was often the case with these posters. Long creases to upper left and lower right quadrants; tiny creases to lower corners. Good+.

One of 650 designs created by the Political Poster Workshop during the summer of 1970, this one featuring an image of Earth with a united Vietnam taking up the entire left hemisphere, with the word "Peace" superimposed over it; the other hemisphere is broken into jagged pieces. The Political Poster Workshop was formed by students at the University of California, Berkeley, in response to the US invasion of Cambodia and the Kent State shootings, among other critical events of the period, and was supervised by Malaquias Montoya. Montoya had founded the Mexican-American Liberation Art Front in 1968, and was a major artistic contributor to the Chicano movement, including the UFW’s grape boycott. Under his tutelage, the Political Poster Workshop printed some 50,000 posters -- averaging 100 or less per design -- often on the backs of dot-matrix computer printouts and old concert posters. These were then posted around campus and the Berkeley area. Consequently, surviving copies are scarce.

OCLC locates one holding, at the University of Kansas; we locate another holding, at OMCA.


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