Thursday, March 22, 2012

Don't Miss CSPG's Upcoming Events!, Maureen Dowd: Heart of Darkness

What's importand about this piece is  that Dowd is at the social center of DC society and politics, 
and most often goes  after individuals and much smaller targets. This is different; talking about
a serious shift in mood of the political establishment. And they all read her column.  
The CSPG's value and events speak for themselves.   -Ed
 Heart of Darkness
 Maureen Dowd
NY Times Op-Ed: March 21, 2012
Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

When the gentleman from North Carolina mentioned "Uncle Chang," it hit with an awkward clang.

"We are spending $10 billion a month that we can't even pay for," said Congressman Walter Jones, that rarest of birds, a Southern Republican dove. "The Chinese — Uncle Chang is lending us the money to pay that we are spending in Afghanistan."

On Tuesday morning, members of the House Armed Services Committee tried to grill Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, the commander in Afghanistan who succeeded David Petraeus, about the state of the mission.

The impossible has happened in the past few weeks. A war that long ago reached its breaking point has gone mad, with violent episodes that seemed emblematic of the searing, mind-bending frustration on both sides after 10 years of fighting in a place where battle has been an occupation, and preoccupation, for centuries.

Afghan security forces cold-bloodedly murdered some American troops after Korans were burned by military personnel. Then an American soldier walked out of his base early one morning and began cold-bloodedly murdering Afghan innocents, leaving seven adults and nine children in one small village dead.

There was an exhausted feel to the oversight hearing, lawmakers on both sides looking visibly sapped by our draining decade of wars. Even hawks seem beaten down by our self-defeating pattern in Afghanistan: giving billions to rebuild the country, money that ends up in the foreign bank accounts of its corrupt officials.

Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, a Republican from California, made a pro forma complaint that the administration is "heading for the exits."

But most of the politicians seemed resigned to the fact that President Obama is resigned to settling for a very small footprint and enough troops to keep terrorists from using Afghanistan as a base to attack the U.S. or our allies.

The White House seems ready to forget eliminating the poppy trade and expanding education for girls. We're not going to turn our desolate protectorate into a modern Athens and there's not going to be any victory strut on an aircraft carrier.

When you're buried alive in the Graveyard of Empires, all you can do is claw your way out.

Congressman Jones directly confronted General Allen on the most salient point: "What is the metric?" How do you know when it's time to go?

"When does the Congress have the testimony that someone will say, we have done all we can do?" he asked. "Bin Laden is dead. There are hundreds of tribes in Afghanistan and everyone has their own mission."

Jones was once so gung ho about W.'s attempts to impose democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan that, after the French opposed invading Iraq in 2003, he helped lead the effort to rename French fries "freedom fries" and French toast "freedom toast" in the House cafeteria.

But now he thinks that both wars are sucking away lives and money, reaping only futility, and that he was silly about the fries. He said he's fed up with having military commanders and Pentagon officials come to Capitol Hill year after year for a decade and say about Afghanistan: "Our gains are sustainable, but there will be setbacks" and "We are making progress, but it's fragile and reversible."

He said he had recently visited Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Hospital to see wounded troops: "I had a young Marine lance corporal who lost one leg," in a room with his mother.

"My question is," the Marine asked him, "Why are we still there?"

Jones also read an e-mail from a military big shot whom he described as a former boss of General Allen's, giving the congressman this unvarnished assessment: "Attempting to find a true military and political answer to the problems in Afghanistan would take decades. Would drain our nation of precious resources, with the most precious being our sons and daughters. Simply put, the United States cannot solve the Afghan problem, no matter how brave and determined our troops are."

Jones agreed, noting mordantly: "I hope that sometime in between now and 2014, if things are not improving or they are fragile like they are now, somebody will come to the Congress and say the military has sacrificed enough. The American people have paid enough. And somebody would shoot straight with the American people and the Congress."

He concluded: "We can declare victory now. But there's one thing we cannot do, and that is change history, because Afghanistan has never changed since they've been existing."

The epitaph of our Sisyphean decade of two agonizing wars was written last year by then-Secretary of Defense Bob Gates: "Any future defense secretary who advises the president to send a big American land army into Asia, or into the Middle East or Africa, should have his head examined."

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CSPG Joins the Closing Reception for the Artists' Tower of Protest by Mark di Suvero

Closing Reception for the Artists' Tower of Protest by Mark di Suvero

Organized by: LA ART

March 24, 2012
8950 Sunset Blvd.
Open to the public

CSPG will be onsite selling selections of political posters from our NEW ONLINE STORE.

The Artists' Tower of Protest was erected in 1966 on a lot on Sunset and La Cienega Blvds. as a symbol of collective dissent against the Vietnam War. It was conceived by the Los Angeles Artists' Protest Committee, designed by sculptor Mark di Suvero, and was surrounded by hundreds of artist-designed panels. The Artists' Tower of Protest was re-staged to reflect on this important historical moment in Los Angeles and to open a dialogue about the role of arts activism today.

Curated by Cesar Garcia, LA ART Senior Curator.

No host food trucks, beverages and DJ

Parking: AAA parking at 9026 Sunset Blvd and 9040 Sunset Blvd. for $5

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Globalize THIS! International Graphics of Resistance
RECEPTION March 29 5:30 pm

March 17 - April 14, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 5:30-7:30 pm

Curator tours by Carol Wells and Otis students:
Saturdays, April 7 & 14, 1 pm

Ben Maltz Gallery
Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Tue-Sat 10 am-5pm; Th 10 am-7pm
Closed Sun, Mon, major holidays

Free Admission and Parking

Globalization affects every aspect of life on this planet, including climate change, outsourced jobs, pollution, and wars. As ecological crises escalate, resources diminish, and distribution of wealth is increasingly skewed towards the richest 1%, activists and artists throughout the world are speaking with a clarity and coherence exceeding that of most politicians. Their graphic messages are loud and clear: value people over profits, free speech over free trade, and justice over inequality. Produced from the archives of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design, Integrated Learning seminar "Designing the Political" led by Guy Bennett and Kerri Steinberg.

Funded in part by the California Arts Council; Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, the National Endowment for the Arts, and individual donors including: Linda Fredin, Gary Frost, John Laslett, Sandra Pettit, Tobey C. Moss Gallery and Norma Sporn.

Artists represented in Globalize THIS!:
La Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca (ASAR­O), Jon­Paul Bail, Jesus Barraza, Carolina Botero, Breakdown Press, Mona Caron, Jean Carlu, Robbie Conal, Corita Kent, Walter Crane, Design Action Collective, Lex Drewinski, EMEK, Rafael Enriquez, Joanna Foucheux, Luis Genaro Garcia, Milton Glaser, Tyi Green, Diane Haft, Chantá Hardy, Lorenzo Hurtado, Icky A., Justice Design, Jason Justice, Jane Killips, Mike Konopacki, Cedomir Kostovic, Leon Kuhn, Eric Lindroth, Alejandro Lopez, Steven Lyons, Alejandro Magallanes, Mona Mark, Chaz Maviyane­Davies, F. J. E. Mettes, Doug Minkler, Malaquías Montoya, Ian Murphy, Sam Newbury, Open Circle, Sheila Pinkel, Poster­Film Collective, Leonid Prado, Lilia Ramirez, Artemio Rodriguez, Favianna Giannoni Rodriguez, San Francisco Print Collective, U. G. Sato, Self­Help Graphics and Art, Bahador Shojapour, Chuck Sperry, Klaus Staeck, Street Art Workers (SAW), THINK AGAIN (S.A. Bachman + David John Attyah), Hideo Toyomasu, Keith Tucker, Gerhard Trost, Tumi's Design, Clara Tzara, Craig Updegrove, André Vigneau, Camilla Wycoco


Decade of Dissent:
Democracy in Action 1965-1975

Decade of Dissent: Democracy in Action

Exhibition Premiere:
February 4 - April 28, 2012

West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

1965-1975 was a watershed decade for California and the country as a whole. Democracy was advanced at the ballot box, in the classroom and in the streets. Democracy embraces free speech, yet California's students fought for the right to free speech. Democracy ensures freedom of assembly, yet the police often attacked peaceful demonstrations. Democracy protects civil liberties and civil rights regardless of ones race, gender, class or ethnicity, yet African Americans, Asians, Latinos, women, lesbians and gays and others were often denied equality. Artists were in the forefront of the struggles for greater democracy. This exhibition will document the importance of poster art for developing and promoting the ideas and ideals of democracy in California during this turbulent decade. It will also demonstrate the power of art to convey past experiences and views of the world, and create a broader context for understanding contemporary society.

Artist's Panel
March 31, 2012
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Dissent 451: Art & Activism Now
April 21, 2012
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Artists/Activists Discuss the Role of Art in Contemporary Movements for Social Change

Library Hours: Monday - Thursdays 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed Sundays

Decade of Dissent is made possible, in part, by The City of West Hollywood and the California Council for the Humanities and is proud to be a part of The City of West Hollywood's PST It All Started Here.

Artists and graphic collectives represented in Decade of Dissent include:

Carlos Almaraz, Jay Belloli, Black Light, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Armando Cabrera, Carlos Callejo, Christopher Street West, Manuel Gomez Cruz, Derosa, Vic Dinnerstein, Emory Douglas, Bob Fitch, Rupert García, Gilbert, Group Graphics, Dave "Buffalo" Greene, Helck, Gerta Katz, Corita Kent, Richard Mackson, William McNally, Méchicano Art Center, Malaquías Montoya, David Mosley, Earl Newman, Ramses Noriega, Tracy Okida, Jerry Palmer, Peace Press, Lorraine Schneider, J. Sellery, Susan Shapiro, George Stowe Jr., Philip Swartz, Trager, Xavier Viramontes, Weisser, Bob Zaugh, Andy Zermeño

The Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) is an educational and research archive that collects, preserves, documents, and circulates posters relating to historical and contemporary movements for peace and social justice. CSPG demonstrates the power and significance of these artistic expressions of social change through traveling and online exhibitions, lectures, publications, and workshops. Through our diverse programs, CSPG is reclaiming the power of art to educate and inspire people to action.

PST It All Started Here

PST It All Started Here - West Hollywood Celebrates Pacific Standard Time

In 1945-1980, the years that Pacific Standard Time covers, the urban parcel that is now the City of West Hollywood was the modern-day wild west, physically and metaphorically. An unincorporated territory smack in the middle of Los Angeles, it was-and is-a hotbed of creativity and progressivism representing the rebellious heart of Southern California's artistic and cultural identity. True to form, West Hollywood presents its own provocative take on Pacific Standard Time with "PST It All Started Here," a collection of events and exhibits that take art out of the museum and onto the streets-and celebrate the art world icons, rock music stars, visionary conceptualists, and revolutionary thinkers that made the city a world renowned cultural destination.

Brash, bold, and brainy, offerings for PST It All Started Here include Perpetual Conceptual, an exploration of gallerist Eugenia Butler, part of the seminal art movement on La Cienega Boulevard that was anchored by the legendary Ferus Gallery. Decade of Dissent mines the archives of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, whose collection of post-WWII political art is the largest of its kind in the U.S. At the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, Wink Wink examines the relationship between artistic practices and LGBTQ histories. Other activities will tie in storied locations-including Barney's Beanery, the Troubadour and the Whisky-that were the hang-outs of the artists and musicians that shaped our world.

Incorporated in 1984, West Hollywood was the first in the U.S. to call itself "The Creative City." Encompassing vibrant districts including The Avenues and the Sunset Strip, "WeHo" has been voted the second most walkable community in California, and, at 1.9-square miles total, arguably has more arts per square mile than any other city in the country. PST It All Started Here celebrates Pacific Standard Time, and West Hollywood's role in shaping the cultural history of Southern California.

Artist Interviews

Interviews are a part of a video series, in which poster artists share stories about their art and activism. The interviews accompany Decade of Dissent: Democracy in Action 1965-1975, a traveling political poster art exhibition produced by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.

Videographer: Brogan de Paor
Interviewers: Julie M. Thompson and Carol A. Wells
Editor: Donna Golden

More interviews with poster artists represented in Decade of Dissent will be made available throughout the month of February.

This exhibition and video series is funded in part by The California Story Fund of the California Council for the Humanities and the City of West Hollywood.

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