Tonight, the World War 3 crew celebrates their 30th anniversary with a gallery show at Exit Art. This politically-minded group of artists and cartoonists has been covering issues with art and making stars like Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman in the process. More information below – note the ongoing events list at the end.
GRAPHIC RADICALS: 30 Years of World War 3 Illustrated
December 7, 2010 – February 5, 2011
Retrospective opening Tuesday, December 7, 7-9 pm
Including the release of the new issue #41 The Food Chain
475 Tenth Ave (at 36th)
New York, NY 10018
Tuesday – Thursday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Graphic Radicals is a 30th anniversary retrospective of World War 3 Illustrated, an independently published political comic magazine founded in 1980 by artists Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper. Comprised of original comics, drawings and paintings, posters, commissioned murals, documentary film, animation and a complete set of issues, Graphic Radicals will be the largest World War 3 exhibition to date and will highlight the history that World War 3 has scrutinized, documented, and participated in for three decades.
World War 3 Illustrated was first established in response to the Iran hostage crisis and impending election of Ronald Reagan and since then has confronted social and political issues ignored by the mainstream press. The magazine is an annual publication produced by a collective of artists with each issue addressing a particular theme. WW3 has covered topics as diverse as the Tompkins Square riot, homelessness, first-person accounts of 9/11, the prison industrial complex, a teachers’ strike in Mexico, Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts and, in the upcoming issue, the food chain.
Critic Lucy Lippard wrote of World War 3 Illustrated that its “ecological and social prophecies are coming to pass, and the apocalyptic vision that gives WW3 its desperate force and unique identity is the present.”
Mumia Abu Jamal, Penny Allen, Peter Bagge, Isabella Bannerman,Nicholas Blechman, Rosie Bottom, Steve Brodner, Zenzele Browne, Leigh Brownhill, Christopher Cardinale, Sue Coe, Robbie Conal, Marguerite Van Cook, Scott Cunningham, Brian Damage, Eric Darton, Eric Drooker, Kate Evans, FLY, Susan Greene, Ethan Heitner, Chris Heneghan, Paula Hewitt Amram, Mirko Ilic, Ryan Inzana, Melissa Jameson, Sandy Jimenez, Sabrina Jones, Kathy Kelly, Tom Keough, Stephen Kroninger, Peter Kuper, Irene Ledwith, Tom McDonald, Mac McGill, Rebecca Migdal, Naji-Al-Ali, Ursula O’Steen, Maddalena Polleta, Kevin Pyle, Carlo Quispe, Corinne Rhodes, Spain Rodriguez, James Romberger, Joe Sacco, Nicole Schulman, Susan Simensky Bietile, Erin Sinefit, Chuck Sperry, R. Sikoryak, Art Spiegelman, Ward Sutton, Tenesh, Seth Tobocman, Tom Tomorrow, Teresa Turner, Lawrence Van Abbema, Anton Van Dalen, Edwin Vazquez, John Williamson, Susan Willmarth, Samantha Wilson, Leah Wishnia, David Wojnarowicz, WW3 Arts In Action, Micah Ian Wright and more.
Organized by Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman, and Susan Willmarth.
Tuesday, December 7 / 7-9pm
Opening Night: Issue #41 Release Party
The opening of Graphic Radicals coincides with the release of World War 3
Illustrated: Issue #41 – The Food Chain. Copies of the issue will be available for
purchase and artists from the magazine’s long history will be on hand to sign
Everybody eats … but how do we stop from being eaten? This latest batch of
new comics unearths some of the answers and asks the big questions about the
food chain, our relationship to it and experiences with it. Featuring work by
Jennifer Camper, Sue Coe, Sandy Jimenez, Sabrina Jones, Peter Kuper, Mac
McGill, Rebecca Migdal, Seth Tobocman and many others. Edited by Ame
Gilbert, Ethan Heitner, Sandy Jimenez, Rebecca Migdal, and Edwin Vazquez.
Friday, January 14 / 7-9pm
Picture the Homeless
With artist talks by Seth Tobocman, Mac Mcgill and Rebecca Migdal and
music by Eric Blitz and Andy Laties
Picture the Homeless is a grassroots organization of homeless men and women
who fight to impact and change policies and systems on issues that directly effect
the homeless population such as housing, police violence, and the shelterindustrial
Friday, January 21 / 7-9pm
With artist talks by Peter Kuper and Susan Simensky Bietile
Time’s Up is a New York City-based direct-action non-profit group that organizes
events and educational programs to promote a more sustainable city.
Wednesday, January 26 / 7-9pm
Milk Not Jails
With artists talks by Sabrina Jones and Kevin Pyle
Milk Not Jails is a consumer campaign to mobilize New York residents to support
the dairy industry and the long-term sustainability of the rural economy. It
advocates for criminal justice and agriculture policy reform to bring about positive
economic growth. http://mailknotjails.wordpress.com
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.