Activism

Activism is direct action, by individuals working on their own or communally, to affect societal change. Activism encompasses a broad range of activities, including protests, demonstrations, petitions, and social media campaigns—all ways of taking action to achieve positive change around a diverse range of issues including political, social, economic, and environmental causes.
Explore collection stories—texts, videos, and creative responses from faculty, students, artists, scholars, and curators to works in the Tang collection.
Associate Professor of Gender Studies Gwen D’Arcangelis’s course “GWS 202: Lived Feminism: Engagement and Praxis” examined artwork from the Tang collection to discuss different ways in which political messages are presented, how art is used toward political ends, and how to define or determine “effectiveness” when conveying such messages to a broad public.
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Later in the semester students created posters, zines, and other creative projects to share their own political messages with the Skidmore community.
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Corita Kent

One powerful form of activism is the creation and dissemination of printed material such as posters, flyers, and prints—relatively inexpensive to make in large quantities—to communicate ideas. Corita Kent (1918–1986) was an artist and educator whose serigraphs (screen prints) carried strong messages of peace and social justice and whose work is an enduring model and source for activists and activist-artists around the globe.
Explore Stories are texts, videos, and creative responses from faculty, students, artists, scholars, and curators to works in the Tang collection.
Students in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Senior Lecturer Nathan Meltz’s “ARTS2090: Radical Graphics Screenprinting” explored screenprints by Corita Kent for inspiration to create their own work.
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“Radical Graphics Screenprinting” expands the definition of print graphics from one that traditionally creates multiple images on paper to a practice that includes art-making activities as varied as T-shirt printing, fine art prints, sculpture, and punk rock and political protest graphics. The class viewed a selection of Corita Kent prints from the Tang collection as research for the following assignment: create a two-color print, edition of 5, that convinces someone to come to your music or political event or adopt a subculture of your choice. Your event or subculture can be real or entirely fabricated.
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Additional Resources

Browse the Lucy Scribner Library Research Guides on:

Asian Studies
Black Studies
Contemporary Issues
Gender Studies
Political Science
Social Work

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