Exhibit of original protest posters to open at Arena 1 gallery in Santa Monica
Arena 1 gallery, a project of Santa Monica Art Studios, is presenting Decade of Dissent: Democracy in Action, 1965 – 1975, an exhibition featuring original protest posters, beginning Saturday, Feb. 23 through March 23.
An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at the gallery, 3026 Airport Ave. in Santa Monica.
The protest works featured in the exhibit reveal the persuasive power of art to inspire ideals of democracy, a gallery spokesperson said.
The often confrontational works aim to call attention to critical social movements that were shaped by the principles, rights, and individual liberties expressed by the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, the gallery spokesperson said.
Spotlighting California activism around diverse causes, including peace, ecology, labor and civil rights, the exhibition showcases iconic images and slogans that served as vehicles for social change, according to the gallery.
Decade of Dissent is organized by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, considered the largest repository of post-World War II historical posters in the nation.
Arena 1 gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.