The Fist is Still Raised

Screenprinted Posters

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Screenprinted Posters


Posters utilizing screenprinting. The form of production of political posters shifted from hand-illustrated images to woodblock and lithography and, in 1939, to the revolutionary use of silkscreen. Previously only a commercial medium, hundreds of artists were trained in the use of this medium during the WPA era, ushering in a new format for easily-reproducible art

Items in the Screenprinted Posters Collection

Civil Liberties in War Times
The poster “Civil Liberties in War Times,” was made in 1940 by WPA artist Christopher DeNoon for a lecture by Max Werner, then editor of The Nation . The poster shows “an armored gauntlet clenched in a fist,” suggesting power controlled by…

Craft School
In a poster advertising Craft School at the Henry Street Settlement, the fist holding the hammer and the paintbrushes below are aesthetically quite similar to the Artists Union symbol developed a few years earlier.

It Can’t Happen Here
A poster for Sinclair Lewis’s play “It can't happen here” shows three officers with raised fists, and a fist raised toward them, ostensibly the viewer’s. It was printed in 1937 as an advertisement for the Federal Theatre Project presentation…