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Poster - The Elections Don't Mean Shit
  • The Elections Don't Mean Shit
    Students for a Democratic Society
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The Elections Don't Mean Shit

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.308-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 66, box E

Students for a Democratic Society was a radical political student organisation active in America during the 1960s and early '70s. It advocated 'participatory democracy', arguing that the American political system was only a democracy in name. The composition of the poster is carefully balanced, but the home-made 'cut-and-paste' style gives the protest energy and sincerity. The motif of the clenched fist was a widely recognised symbol of left-wing protest at the time.

Physical description

Black and white photomontage consisting of images of soldiers, police officers and protesters assembled from various conflicts. The central image is an illustration of a raised fist.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1968 (made)

Artist/maker

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Offset lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

THE ELECTIONS/ DON'T MEAN SHIT/ VOTE WHERE THE POWER IS/ OUR POWER/ IS IN THE STREET
black block letters printed on white

sds
lower right corner. black on white

Dimensions

Height: 56 cm, Width: 43.2 cm

Descriptive line

SDS anti-American government protest poster, United States. A Yale University student activist poster

Materials

Paper; Plastic laminate

Techniques

Offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Propaganda; Students; Politics; Elections

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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