Occupy movement center of new art exhibit

Thursday, July 05, 2012

The Occupy movement has become an art exhibit. "Occupy Bay Area" goes on display on Saturday in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

The political posters that originated at the beginning of the Occupy movement are striking -- bold, bright and big.

Twenty-five Bay Area artists are showing in the exhibit. Director of visual arts Betti-Sue Hertz first looked at images online because the gallery works with the Internet a lot. She chose 80 designs then narrowed them down to 50 for the show.

Hertz says she is impressed by the distinct and diverse visual aesthetics of the works. She believes that whether a visitor to the gallery praises or condemns the Occupy movement, this is a testimony to the power the images can have.

The posters are placed in context with art from earlier political activist movements.

Ultimately they become sophisticated impactful posters. Not immune to controversy, but thought provoking.

The show is up through Oct.14.

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