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Poster - Why is Bobby Seale on Trial?
  • Why is Bobby Seale on Trial?
    Mederos, Rene, born 1933 - died 1996
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Why is Bobby Seale on Trial?

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mederos, Rene, born 1933 - died 1996 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photocopy

  • 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.1439-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 1B, box LS2

This poster is an example of images being recycled in various contexts of protest propaganda. The photocopied image over which the text has been printed is taken from a Cuban poster issued by Editora Politica (the publishing arm of the Communist Party) around 1969. The original context would have promoted fighting against imperialist forces. Here, that same image of a simple worker taking up arms is reinterpreted to raise awareness of Black Panther Party leader Bobby Seale's court case. He was one of the original defendants accused of conspiring to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Physical description

Text advertising Black Panthers lecture given on Thursday 16 April, 1970 at Yale University. Background image of the head and shoulders of a figure holding a gun, flag and rooftops in background.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1970 (made)

Artist/maker

Mederos, Rene, born 1933 - died 1996 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Photocopy

Marks and inscriptions

Yale 1970
handwritten in pencil on reverse

WHY IS BOBBY SEALE ON/ TRIAL?/ The Panthers Speak

THURS/ APRIL 16/ 4:00 PM/ ROOM 102/ OSBORN MEM. LAB./ SACHEM AND PROSPECT

Dimensions

Height: 21.2 cm at widest point, due to tears, Width: 27.9 cm at widest point, due to tears

Descriptive line

Why is Bobby Seale on Trial? Black Panthers lecture poster. USA, 1970. photocopy.

Production Note

image recycled from an Editora Politica Cuban poster of 1969 (possibly by Rene Mederos)

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Photocopy

Subjects depicted

Propaganda; Politics; Race; Racial discrimination

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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