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Reproductions from the Yanker Poster Collection to be featured in Kenan Hall

February 9, 2018 4:32 PM
Progress The Art of Activism

In honor of Flagler College President Joseph Joyner’s inauguration, the college's Gallery Management class will hold an exhibition featuring reproductions of political posters from the Yanker Poster Collection of the Library of Congress. Students will host a walk through of “Progress? The Art of Activism” on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Kenan Gallery, located on the first floor of Kenan Hall.  

The political posters on view have created a conversation that revolves around the aspect of the 50 year anniversary of Flagler College. Students selected posters from the Yanker Collection based upon the political concerns of the students during the opening years and how those concerns are carried out today. The themes of the political posters range from women's liberation, the anti-war and peace movement, the American Indian rights movement, the Chicano rights movement, the Civil Rights movement and the environmental movement.

The works dive into the prospect of a social movement and how that relates to a diverse democracy. The Yanker Poster Collection from the Library of Congress includes more than 3,000 political, propaganda and social issue posters and handbills from 1927 to 1980. The students choose posters from the 1960s and 70s with certain movements in mind.

These posters offer further insight into the relevance of the topics to the past, the present, and the future. These values are embodied with protest for progressive movements through modern American history. As this not only represents Flagler College’s vision for the future of students thinking critically on a global scale, but also the commitment to encouraging and supporting all students to achieve their greatest potential.

This exhibition was put together by the Gallery Management class taught by Art History Professor Dr. Chris Balaschak. All of the students had an active part in contributing to the production of this exhibition. The students within the class were divided into four groups: John Roberts and Cynthia Rountree for marketing, Anadaniela Garcia, Emily Lemp, Tyler Schroeder, Alyssa Wilson, Madison Hetico, Brandon Bates for curation, Sarah Langston, Sarah MacDonald, and Laura Baldwin for design, and Caroline Davis and Alyssa Nardi for educational programming.

For further information on the exhibition and related programs, please visit http://www.flagler.edu/about-flagler/inauguration/schedule-of-events/ or contact Chris Balaschak at cbalaschak@flagler.edu.

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