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Sep 14, 2022

Strikethrough in Motion

Our latest exhibition is open and the reviews are in! Get a video sneak peek at the gallery and catalog.

We’re thrilled to see the early reactions to Strikethrough: Messages of Protest, from visitor posts on social media to coverage in local and international press.

“As a graphic designer, it was really amazing to see the powerful use of design principles in these works. And as someone who stands in support of the people and their causes depicted by these graphics, it was moving.” — Victor Russell, design student

From the UK, Creative Review emphasized how “the curators have deliberately eschewed any sort of hierarchy around professional creatives and ‘non-designers’”. The The San Francisco Standard also appreciated how “buttons and patches from anti-fascist and punk rock movements are displayed alongside protest posters made by professional artists”. The San Francisco Examiner’s thoughtful review highlights many of the historical artifacts encapsulated in the gallery, while emphasizing the immediacy and placemaking of the Mariah app. (More about Mariah coming in a future post.) And we were on TV, thanks to opening weekend coverage from CBS Bay Area.

“The breadth of communities and countries represented in the show reveals unrest as a global phenomenon.” — Max Blue, San Francisco Examiner

Cover of Strikethrough catalog
Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of Protest. Hardcover, 9½ × 7½ inches, 280 pages, 250 images, five colors throughout.

Meanwhile, our main shipment of the catalog arrived last week, so folks who preordered should see it on their doorsteps soon. Those who snagged one at the opening or in the gallery gift shop have some nice things to say.

Finally, a book highlighting typography’s role in iconic social movements throughout the nation’s history. Strikethrough […] contributes heartily to decolonizing typography’s canon. — Audrey Bennett, Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design

Stay tuned for the full release of the exhibition website, more blog posts highlighting specific work from the show, and upcoming events featuring Strikethrough artists. The following events are already on the calendar: