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Decades of Decent

Peace, Artist Unknown Silkscreen on computer paper, 1970 Berkeley, California

War Is Not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things, Lorraine Schneider, Another Mother for Peace Offset, 1967 Beverly Hills, California

World Peace, Earl Newman, Silkscreen, 1970, Venice, California

Decades of Dissent: Democracy in Action, 1960–1980

On view now through February 17, 2013


  • Included with Museum admission:
  • $10 General
  • $7 Seniors and Full-Time Students
  • $5 Children 2–12
  • FREE to Members and Children under 2
  • FREE to all on Thursdays


Revisit some of the most compelling political art from the turbulent era of the 1960s and 1970s.

Decades of Dissent features more than twenty-five original protest posters that reveal the persuasive power of art to inspire ideals of democracy. Visually striking and often confrontational, the works call attention to critical social movements that were shaped by the principles, rights, and individual liberties expressed by the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The exhibition spotlights California activism around diverse causes—including peace, ecology, labor, and civil rights—showcasing iconic images and slogans that served as vehicles for social change.

While visiting the exhibition, tune into a gallery soundtrack featuring protest music from the era, including songs by Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and Marvin Gaye.

Decades of Dissent is organized by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, the largest repository of post–World War II historical posters in the nation.

Democracy Matters at the Skirball



Decades of Dissent: Democracy in Action, 1960–1980
October 3, 2012

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