About this ExhibitionIn time long before Internet and cell phones, student protesters relied on a centuries-old communications medium to broadcast their message and arouse passions: protest posters pasted on walls throughout Paris. Created by art students who occupied the ateliers of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, the posters are remarkable works that combine satire, irony and verbal and visual punning to create humorous yet powerful political statements. The exhibit includes 10 original posters, along with smaller reproductions, that illustrate major themes and rhetorical techniques.
About the BookOn May 15, 1968, a poster workshop was created at the École des Beaux-Arts. A few days later, the occupants of the School of Decorative Arts founded the Atelier Populaire. For more than a month, general meetings brought together artists, students and workers daily to discuss the themes and slogans put forward in the posters that were produced the same day. Through the chronological presentation of some two hundred creations, this book traces the adventure of the Atelier Populaire, illustrated with rare photos on their operation, including those of Marc Riboud. It offers an unprecedented look at this exceptional production.
About Michel Wlassikoff
May '68 Revisited: The Occupy Movement that Paralyzed France
On May 3, 1968, Parisian students took to the street in protests that spread throughout France, quickly engulfing offices, factories and other places of work. This exhibition of works by the late French photographer Marc Riboud reminds us of both the passions of the moment and of the enigmatic playfulness that striking students and workers frequently displayed.Read More
The French Cultural Center will host a reception to inaugurate the winter/spring series of May ’68 events. Our partners from Harvard and Northeastern universities will be on hand to highlight their activities, events and why they believe the seminal events of 50 years ago remain crucial to examine today.Read More