At the Design Gallery - Revolution Times: Underground Press of the 60s and 70s, November 20 – December 1

October 27, 2016
REVOLUTION TIMES

NOVEMBER 3: TALK AND RECEPTION
3:30PM–5:00PM GALLERY TALK WITH BILLY X JENNINGS, HISTORIAN OF THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY
5:00–7:00PM OPENING RECEPTION

Revolution Times is an exhibition curated and designed by a team of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students led by graphic design faculty, Stacy Asher and Aaron Sutherlen. The exhibit includes historically significant counterculture newspapers from the 1960s and 1970s that are from of the archive of Billy X Jennings, historian for the Black Panther Party. Through the papers, the audience can explore visual language and communications in a unique way featuring stories of the time surrounding issues of civil rights, war, and culture. Selections of these graphic design artifacts include The Black Panther Newspaper, The Berkeley Barb, The East Village Other, Basta Ya, Berkeley Tribe, San Francisco Oracle, the Chicago Seed, and many others.

The newspapers are diverse not only in content but also in production quality and aesthetics. The papers provide a unique glimpse into the counterculture movement that the mainstream media did not, giving them a unique role in detailing today’s perspective of the era. Today, there is no shortage of alternative voices within the vast and fast media of the internet, however, this was simply not the case in the 1960s and 1970s. To design an alternative voice in media in an artistic way was a challenge and indicates the level of commitment we may have lost in our current state of affairs.

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