In Defense of Democracy is an exhibition of 20 posters printed on tear-off pads that I curated with the help of Maiza Hixson. The posters are each designed by a different artist and are inspired by historian Timothy Snyder's list of Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century outlined in his NYT best selling book, On Tyranny (2017).
The posters are accompanied by an edition of handmade pamphlets featuring all the poster designs and a curatorial essay by co-curator Maiza Hixson.
The exhibition opened at the Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science, and Technology, or SBCAST gallery, on Thursday, May 4th and at UCSB's Glassbox Gallery on Wednesday, May 17th.
1. Do not obey in advance - Sage Perrot 2. Defend an institution - Maiza Hixson 3. Beware the one-party state - Aaron Cohick 4. Take responsibility for the face of the world - Zoe Klosterboer 5. Restore professional ethics - Jody Joyner 6. Watch out for the paramilitaries - Katy Ann Fox 7. Be reflective if you must be armed - Angelina Lapointe 8. Stand out - Eleanor Anderson 9. Be kind to our language - Madi Manson 10. Believe in Truth - Walt Gerard 11. Investigate - Nikki McClure 12. Make eye contact and small talk - Elysia Mann 13. Practice corporeal politics - Lucy Holtsnider 14. Establish a private life - Teal Francis 15. Contribute to good causes - Eleanor Annand 16. Learn from peers in other countries - Cathy Ellis 17. Distinguish certain words - Claudio Orso 18. Be calm when the unthinkable arrives - Beth Schaible 19. Be a patriot - Rebecca Levi 20. Be as courageous as you can - Alex McClay