Multimedia web exhibit

Days of Rage is about how design lives through us: our bodies, our memories, our activated minds,” said Curator Andy Campbell.

Days of Rage, a web-based multimedia exhibit featuring newly digitized LGBTQ+ activist posters from the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries.The exhibit launches on April 13, 2022 and will be accompanied by a series of free public programs later in the month.

Days of Rage engages with historical LGBTQ+ activist posters by looking to the lived histories and experiences of six activists and graphic designers: graphic designer and founder of BLK Alan Bell, designer and artist Daniel Hyo Kim, HIV/AIDS and trans activist Chandi Moore, designer and educator Silas Munro, activist and photographer Judy Ornelas Sisneros, and activist Jordan Peimer. These LGBTQ+ community experts each reflect on the posters in a series of stylized videos that emphasize the choreography of their hands along with audio stories and commentary. From bold graphic declarations of community activation to explicit safer sex health campaigns, the selected posters run the affective gamut, bringing up powerful feelings of rage, joy, and sorrow.

The web exhibit goes live on Wednesday April 13, 2022. 

On April 21, 3pm PT, join us for a live online event “Days of Access: Finding Our Histories” with our curators, archivist, and activists.

Days of Rage is curated by Andy Campbell, Associate Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Arts, and co-curated by Tracy Fenix and Austen Villacis, current students in USC Roski’s Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere graduate program.

Video edited by Angelina Jesson; video recording by Ryan Bender; web design by Studio Lutalica.

Days of Rage is organized by One Institute.

This project is made possible by a grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. The digitization of over 4200 posters in ONE’s collections was made possible by a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources’ Digitizing Hidden Collections program.

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For media inquiries, please contact Umi Hsu, Director of Content Strategy at uhsu@oneinstitute.org. Press release is available for download.


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alt text: a photo of Alan Bell’s hands over the “Looking at ACT UP / Los Angeles” poster with a portrait of Raymond Robert Navarro. Co-curator’s hand is also included in the image.

image: Alan Bell in conversation with Austen Villacis, “Looking at ACT UP / Los Angeles poster of Raymond Robert Navarro,” c. 1990. Xerox Print taped to posterboard. ACT UP/Los Angeles Records, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.

Join us on April 21 for “Days of Access: Finding Our Histories”!

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