Nation: The Art of Protest

Like the Paris student uprising two years ago, the U.S. student strikes over Cambodia and Kent State had a spontaneous and vivid byproduct: a sudden flood of impassioned graphic art, always polemical, often bitter, sometimes extraordinarily eloquent. Hundreds of thousands of protest posters poured out of campus workshops. One group at Stanford put together a collection from California campuses for a ten-day show in a Washington, D.C., church hall that ended last week. The students sold posters and lithographs for prices ranging from 500 to $70 to raise money for peace candidates.

Says Kirk Varnedoe, a Stanford graduate student who helped organize...

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