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About Days of Rage

Days of Rage is a web exhibition that enlivens historical activist posters from ONE Archives at the USC Libraries through tactile analysis and storytelling. Grounded in the experiences of activists and graphic designers Alan Bell, Daniel Hyo Kim, Chandi Moore, Silas Munro, Judy Ornelas Sisneros, and Jordan Peimer, the exhibition positions LGBTQ+ graphic design as embodied in community realities and histories, producing subjective reflections on the interdependence of design and activism. In assembling the exhibition, these community experts chose five posters from the recently digitized poster collection at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries. Over a sequence of stylized videos that emphasize the choreography of their hands, the invited experts reflect on their selections, allowing the posters to guide ruminations on design language, community responsiveness, erasure and history, and the affiliative force of activist politics. Their hands, voices, and memories serve as interpretive guides in transmitting knowledge, thereby queering the mode in which graphic design is displayed–which is so often static and wall-bound. From bold graphic declarations of community activation to explicit safer sex health campaigns, the posters discussed run the affective gamut, bringing up powerful feelings of rage, joy, and sorrow. Days of Rage privileges this associative and sometimes aleatory interpretation of design, and finds profound value in its capacity to serve as a roiling, continuous link to a shared sense of LGBTQ+ ancestry and struggle.

The exhibition is curated by Andy Campbell, Associate Professor Critical Studies at the Roski School of Design, University of Southern California (USC), and co-curated by Tracy Fenix and Austen Villacis, current students in Roski’s Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere graduate program.

This project is organized by ONE Archives Foundation, made possible by a grant from Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. The digitization of over 4200 posters in ONE’s collections was made possible by a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources’ Digitizing Hidden Collections program.

About ONE Archives Foundation

Founded in 1952, ONE Archives Foundation is the oldest active LGBTQ organization in the United States, and is dedicated to telling the accurate stories and history of all LGBTQ people and their culture. As an independent nonprofit, ONE Archives Foundation promotes ONE Archives at the USC Libraries — the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world — and provides innovative educational initiatives, public exhibitions, and community programs. The curatorial and educational choices made by ONE Archives Foundation are guided by our commitment to social equity and justice. We engage with the complexity of LGBTQ history and representation through highlighting the intersectional and authentic narratives of Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), women, gender-nonconforming and transgender people, people of various abilities, youth, and elders across all socio-economic classes.


About Protest Sign Font

The Protest Sign Font utilized on the Days of Rage exhibition website is created by GenderFail. GenderFail is a publishing, programing and archiving platform run solely by Be Oakley. The font is licensed for noncommercial usage.


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For inquiries about the exhibit, contact Umi Hsu, Director of Content Strategy at ONE Archives Foundation.

Use a Latex Condom Every Time: We’re All At Risk For HIV/AIDS

Designer: Valerie Papaya Mann and Earnest Hite, photo by Hopeton Stewart / AIDS Project of the East Bay
Year: c. 1990
Dimesions: 39 x 28 cm

Photographic vignettes depicting formal and casual portrayals of Black people, youth, and families are arranged in a grid. Accompanying them is a text relating to safe sex and HIV/AIDS prevention. The text above the photographs reads, “We’re all at Risk” and the center square in the grid emphasizes that “YOU” (the viewer) are potentially part of this collective address. The text at the bottom of the poster reads, “Use a latex condom every time.” The poster was produced by the AIDS Project of the East Bay (Oakland, CA) with production design and layout support by Valerie Papaya Mann and Earnest Hite. One in a series of twenty-one posters (see Alan Bell’s interview), this and the other posters feature photographs by Bay-area based, Black photographer Hopetown Stewart, whose portrayals of Black intimacies give voice to the love and friendship experienced between people during an ongoing epidemic.

Image: Valerie Papaya Mann and Earnest Hite for AIDS Project of the East Bay, “Use a Latex Condom Every Time,”  c. 1990. LGBTQ Poster Collection, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries. 

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