Last week, a group of AS220 Youth staff and students paid a visit to the RISD Museum’s Prints, Drawings, & Photographs collection to check out some historical examples of political screen printing. Among the prints pulled by the curators were pieces by Rob Pruitt, Kara Walker, Brian Chippendale, Jacob Lawrence, Andy Warhol, and Occupy Wall Street.
Youth artist Malea Jefferson reflected thusly:
“I thought the exhibit broadened by expectations of screen printing. My favorite prints were the Malcolm X/Kanye-looking print [Pruitt’s “Chief Mechanic” poster] and the bus interior print [Richard Estes’s Bus Interior from the portfolio “Urban Landscapes III”]. The first one sort of reminds me of the vintage looking posters back in the 70s, which is a time and age I’m very fond of. I like the bus print because of the amount of color and detail that was put into it. They have inspired me to think more outside the box when screen printing, like adding more layers and junk lol.”
And youth artist Naffi Koulibaly had this to say:
The Hitler quote was kind of scary because it’s so close to what Donald Trump says today. It’s like history is repeating itself.