Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas
detail: Exhibition Installation

The Graphic Imperative:

International Posters for Peace, Social Justice, and the Environment, 1965-2005

September 5 - December 6, 2009 | Central Court
The poster is the prime field for experimenting with visual language. It is the scene of changing ideas and aesthetics, of cultural, social and political events.
–Pierre Bernard, French designer

The Graphic Imperative is a select retrospective of forty years of international sociopolitical posters. Themes include dissent, liberation, racism, sexism, human rights, civil rights, environmental and health concerns, AIDS, war, literacy, and tolerance, and collectively provide a glimpse into an age of profound change. The 111 posters in this exhibition emphasize the issues of our turbulent times and endeavor to show the social, political, and aesthetic concerns of many cultures and divergent political realities.

The Graphic Imperative is organized by Elizabeth Resnick, Chaz Maviyane-Davies and Frank Baseman in collaboration with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, supported in part by The Massachusetts College of Art and Design Foundation and Philadelphia University. The Spencer Museum of Art venue is supported by Richard and Virginia Nadeau, and John and Nancy Hiebert.

In conjunction with the exhibition, organizing institution the Massachusetts College of Art created an in-depth website: