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DADT’s Growing Political Art: Subverting History

A simple, hopeful message with a twist.

A group of artists called the “Open Artist Movement” has released a set of poster images subverting the war posters of the early 20th century for the purpose of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” This comes on the heels of widely-covered protests by Lt. Dan Choi yesterday on the front lawn of the White House.

Instead of Rosie the Riveter, we have lesbian icons Rachel Cantu and and Stephanie Roberts. Standing in for WWII veterans proclaiming, “We Can Do It!” are Wilson Cruz and Daryl Stephens.

It’s heartening to see the artists subverted the all-American image of white male soldiers leading the campaign with actors, models, and activists of color. I’m reminded of the fantastic imagery railing against corporate America by Sheperd Fairey and his “Obey” series. Both series of artworks are meant to be in the public sphere and to evoke parallels to already-established propoganda machines.


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  1. […] Servicemember’s Legal Defense Network for recent acts of civil disobedience as well as the protest art that’s cropped […]

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Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a Manhattan-based writer and non-profit manager. More

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