No matter what the medium or outlet – we live in a democracy and need to speak up in whatever voice we have. Most importantly, we all need to vote. This is a great article about the history of art and resistance.
Trump’s MAGA, Obama’s ‘Hope’ and the power of political and protest art
August 10, 2018 03:48 PM
It’s no secret. America is mad — or much of it seems to be — roiled by political and cultural division, indifference to decorum and a sense that, surely, things have never been this bad.
Bonnie Siegler felt it, and she did something about it.
An accomplished graphic artist from Westport, Conn., with a strong liberal bent, Siegler was shaken by the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and what she thought it portended. She looked for precedent and how others in history had dealt with their anger and frustration — in truth, she says, she was looking for some kind of solace — and found something that resonated both personally and professionally: more than 250 years of political and protest art.
Think Benjamin Franklin’s famous “Join, or Die” sectioned snake, urging the early colonies to unite. Think Uncle Sam and Rosie the Riveter, “I Am a Man” and “Drop Acid Not Bombs.” More recently, think Barack Obama’s “Hope” poster and “Make America Great Again.”