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Artful Posters

Inspired by the Special Exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85

Jan van Raay (American, born 1942). Faith Ringgold (right) and Michele Wallace (middle) at Art Workers Coalition Protest, Whitney Museum, 1971. Courtesy of Jan van Raay, Portland, OR, 305-37. © Jan van Raay

Lesson Plan Details

Conceptual Basis

Silkscreen printing has a long history of being used to create art, but recently has also been used to create posters and commercial designs. In the special exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85, posters that were used in protests and for special events are displayed to provide a context for what Black women artists were experiencing during this time period. Students will learn about a particular protest in 1971, and then conduct research regarding a topic for which they have a passion. They will create their own poster using a silkscreen printing technique.

Exhibition Sponsors

We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 is organized by the Brooklyn Museum. 

This exhibition has been made possible at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s exhibition program is generously supported by The Seymour H. Knox Foundation, Inc.

Publication of the family guide has been made possible through the generosity of The MAK Fund. 

Additional support for educational components of this exhibition has been provided by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. 

Technical support has been provided by Advantage TI.