signs of resistance
A Visual History of Protest in America
Wednesday, February 21, 7pm
Join us for an evening with world-renowned graphic designer Bonnie Siegler,
named one of the fifty most influential designers working today (Graphic Design USA).
Watchung Booksellers is proud to welcome Eight and a Half founder Bonnie Siegler, for a discussion of her latest book,
SIGNS OF RESISTANCE: A VISUAL HISTORY OF PROTEST IN AMERICA. Find out how past generations have dealt with anger and rage in America and used their own powers for good.
“Working on this book, I went back and forth between rage and hope—
rage because, to quote a favorite sign at the Women’s March,
‘I can’t believe we are still protesting this shit.’
And hope because looking at these images reminded me that there have been other dark, shameful chapters in American history,
and yet somehow democracy survived. Because we did what we do best: We kept fighting.”
—Bonnie Siegler, from the introduction
For centuries, Americans have been speaking out against the government. From postcards and posters to modern-day gifs and memes, citizens have always found a way to speak their minds when political and social injustice occurs. While resistance has long been part of our national identity, the past few years have seen an upwelling of grassroots movements to combat government power. Be it the Women’s March or the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest, a city-centered debate or a national movement, protesting is part of our culture. Where did it all start? How has it evolved? And more importantly where does it go from here?
Bonnie Siegler is a world-renowned graphic designer voted one of the fifty most influential designers working today by Graphic Design USA. She has worked with clients like Oprah Winfrey, Saturday Night Live, Newsweek, and HBO, and has lent her fundraising and design skills to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign as well as Hillary Clinton’s most recent presidential run and Doug Jones’s Senate race. “I believe that as designers and visual storytellers, we should use our powers for good,” says Siegler. Siegler is also a proud member of the Resistance. Her grandfather escaped to America from Nazi Germany in 1938, so you could say resistance is in her blood.
Now, in SIGNS OF RESISTANCE: A Visual History of Protest in America, Siegler combines her two passions to showcase a collection of visual expressions of resistance throughout American history. In hundreds of iconic, smart, angry, clever, unforgettable images, SIGNS OF RESISTANCE chronicles what truly makes America great: citizens unafraid of speaking truth to power. Many of the historical images are as relevant today as they were in their time.