The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) open “What Would You Say?” Activist Graphics from Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the latest exhibition in the Local Access Initiative.
The exhibition features key figures and organizations including Emory Douglas of the Black Panther Party, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville of the Woman’s Building, Self Help Graphics & Art, and street artist Shepard Fairey, among others.
The group exhibition explores the use of graphic design to inspire socio-political change through politically charged images inviting the viewer to engage and examine the world around them. The opening reception for “What Would You Say?” will be held tomorrow from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibition will be on view until April 17.
Since the mid-20th century, California has been a beacon of both inventive design and political activism. Exploring the intersection of these two realms, this exhibition uses case studies from LACMA’s collection to demonstrate how designers and artists championed civil rights, opposed wars and injustice, and pressed for change.
Skilled communicators by profession, they distilled complex issues into arresting images, often appropriating commercial art techniques—from newspaper broadsheets to screen prints to digital downloads—to distribute powerful imagery despite limited resources.
Others led workshops and formed printing collectives, providing movements with new methods for disseminating their messages. Their works express both outrage and optimism, going beyond protest to envision alternative ways of living.
The public is invited to participate in several programs throughout the exhibition season including the Spanish-language and sensory-friendly program supported by Art Bridges providing an inclusive experience for patrons of the museum.
The museum provides sensory-friendly hours from 9 to 10 a.m. every first Saturday of the month during an exhibition season for those experiencing autism or hyper/hypo-sensitivities. A Young Artist Workshop will accompany the exhibitions, occurring every first Thursday of the month from 3 to 7 p.m.
Local Access brings special exhibitions, like “What Would You Say?” drawn from LACMA’s collection to four institutions in greater Southern California: Lancaster Museum of Art and History; Riverside Art Museum; Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College; and California State University, Northridge Art Galleries. Over the next several years, each partner will present up to three exhibitions that reframe and broaden traditional ideas about American art through sharing collections and museum resources.
MOAH, 665 W. Lancaster Blvd., is open Tuesday – Friday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.lancastermoah.org.