Visualizing Social Change

Monday, March 4, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, March 21, 2019 (All day)
Image of poster for Visualizing Social Change: Printmaking past and present
This exhibition shows historical works from the San Francisco State College Strike of 1968 and 1969 as well as contemporary artistic responses revealing that social change is ongoing. As part of the response, the back half of the gallery is transformed into a print studio where students in SF State’s schools of Art and Design will create posters addressing social issues of our time with completed works hung on the walls and facing out of the gallery windows. DesignSpace hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 11am - 4pm. Workshops: Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon – 5 p.m. Gallery talk with artist/activist Yolanda Lopez: March 20, 2 p.m. Free.
Fine Arts Building, DesignSpace (Room 115)
Joshua Singer
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The SF State College Strike, also referred to as the Third World Strike, gripped the school and was a focus of national attention from November 1968 to March 1969. The student-led protest challenged the neglect of indigenous peoples and people of color within the curriculum and programs and spearheaded a countrywide movement for more equitable access to and diversity in higher education. The strike resulted in positive changes that still shape the University’s mission to be an institution that promotes and protects diversity and helps students become proactive and ethical participants in our American democracy.

Classes participating in Visualizing Social Change include: Screen Printing (instructor: Susan Belau), Introduction to Textile Art (instructor: Bronwyn Dexter), Art and Utopia (instructor: Santhi Kavuri-Bauer), Advanced Graphic Design (instructors: Debra Glass, Joshua Singer), Design Gallery (instructor: Singer) and courses taught by Art Professor Victor De La Rosa.


The DesignSpace, launched in 2016, provides a public forum for deeper engagement in design, its practices and discourses. The gallery also serves as the primary campus showcase for student work in graphic design, consumer product and industrial design, interior design and apparel design. Joshua Singer, director.