Harvard University Gallery Creating a Living Archive of the Black Lives Matter Movement

The Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at Harvard University is creating a “living archive” of important ephemera surrounding the current social justice movement by collecting protest posters, circulated artist zines, informational pamphlets, and any other printed media/functional artwork that has been produced to respond to our current civil unrest and to facilitate social change.

The gallery’s purpose in collecting these materials is to prominently display the materials publicly and to preserve them as part of the Cooper Gallery’s archives.

“We are in the midst of an important moment in history, galvanized by nationwide protests against centuries of injustice towards Black people in different systemic forms, from slavery to the prison industrial complex to the over-policing of Black and brown communities using unwarranted violent means, in combination with a global pandemic which has confined and isolated many Americans in their homes and threatened their lives,” said Gabriella Jones-Monserrate, program director at the Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art.

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