Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG)

Fund: $25,000

In keeping with CSPG’s tradition of responding to issues of the day, To Protect and Serve? will explore how incidents of police violence against people of color are part of a long history of repression, a history that the artists in this exhibition call upon us to challenge and change. The exhibition will include digital reproductions of vintage and contemporary political posters by such prominent artists as Robbie Conal, the Guerrilla Girls, and Lalo Alcaraz, as well as emerging, largely anonymous, street artists like Vazta, and those selected through an open call for submissions. Scheduled for December 2017 at the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice and then at El Mercado la Paloma, a Downtown community center, food court and gallery, the project will continue CSPG’s mission of introducing new and diverse audiences to the visual power and complex cultural contexts of political posters.