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Occupying Paris

1968 and the Spaces of Protest

Occupying Paris

Mar 7, 2018 — Dec 30, 2018
Jacek E. Giedrojć Gallery, Adolphus Busch Hall Directions
Monday - Thursday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Most of the artwork for this exhibit was produced by students at the prestigious École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. On May 15, 1968, Beaux Arts students renamed their school the “Ex-Fine Arts Academy” and founded an “Atelier Populaire,” or “People’s Workshop” in its place. Ceasing normal studies, they began printing posters day and night. The social media of their day, the posters responded in real time to events in May and June, often by subverting the rhetoric of their opponents through clever word play.

The artwork and photography for "Occupying Paris" is drawn from the following collections:

  • Associated Press
  • Claude Dityvon Collection, Bibliothèque Universitaire d'Angers-Saint Serge
  • Houghton Library, Harvard University
  • Johan Kugelberg Collection of Paris Mai 1968 Student Revolutionary Artifacts, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
  • Ludlow-Santo Domingo Library, May 1968 Paris Protest Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University
  • Monique Hervo and Elie Kagan Collections, Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine

Photos courtesy of the Johan Kugelberg Collection of Paris Mai 1968 Student Revolutionary Artifacts, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

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