With today’s political, social, and economic stagnation, our need for change goes way beyond this year’s political slogans. Exit Art gallery’s newest exhibition Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now reminds us that real change comes not from politicians, but from the people. Curated by Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee, the project is a historical, cultural, and artistic account of contemporary activism around the world seen through posters, photographs, audio, and moving images—many of which have never been shown before. The exhibition is organized by theme and shows the creativity and counter-culture lifestyles that have resulted from the civil-rights movement in the U.S., anti-apartheid in Africa, the fight for democracy in China, social change in France, women’s rights, the AIDS crisis, and so forth. As a bonus, the Lower East Side Printshop has teamed up with artists and activists to hold screen-printing workshops, so you can start your own revolution. Special programs and events are also scheduled.
Sept. 20-Nov. 22, 2008