David W. May American Indian Gallery


Protest posters displayed in the exhibition

Indigenous Protest Posters from AIM to DAPL

On View:

November 15, 2019 – May 8, 2020 
David W. May American Indian Gallery
Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall

More than 40 compelling graphics documenting a half century of political action—from, roughly, the occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay to violent protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock—are brought together by this exhibition. Taken together, these prints demonstrate the urgency of challenges faced not only by contemporary Native Americans, but by North Americans as a whole. The exhibition includes images by both well-known indigenous artists as well as by anonymous, spontaneous poster makers. From beautifully silkscreened images to print-on-demand files, this display suggests the widest conceivable variety of work made to confront an equally wide array of crises. The installation also includes a timeline of events and creative responses to these events developed by USD student Cara Treu (’19).


Gallery Hours:

Monday - Friday: noon - 5:00 pm
Admission is free. Closed university holidays.

(Images at top:Dylan Miner, The Pueblo Revolt, 2015, silkscreen on paper; The Longest Walk, 1978, Published by E.VO.K.E. (East Village Organization for a Kinder Earth) and A R.E.S.P.O.N.S.E. (Respoect & Protect Our Natural & Spiritual Environment) PROJECT, silkscreen on paper; Jesse Purcell, Stand with Standing Rock, 2017, silkscreen on paper)


Related Events

Opening Celebration and Poster Workshop

Thursday, November 14, 2019

12:30 – 2:30pm

David W. May Gallery