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Culver City, California

Celebrating the Art of Protest

Explore a unique collection of graphic activism.

Explore a large collection of political posters representing struggles often suppressed, hidden, and forgotten.

Twenty-five years after the LA Riots (which erupted April 29, 1992), 2017 has gone down in history as one of the most vibrantly engaged and politically active times in the history of LA—and of the country as a whole.

And the list keeps growing. The Women's March Los Angeles. The "Not My President's Day" rally on the doorstep of LA's City Hall. The recent protests over police brutality, the #metoo movement and the LA teacher's strike. The current political climate is precarious, unstable, and recalls the spirit of the 1960s and the Vietnam War Protests, the anti-nuclear marches of the 1980s, and the Million Man March in 1995.

Join Field Agent Benjamin Harmon for a special behind-the-scenes visit and tour of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, led by Carol Wells, Founder and Executive Director of the center. The CSPG is an educational research archive that contains more than 90,000 protest graphics from the 19th century to the present, a collection that grows with each new politically charged rally.

On our guided visit, we'll see highlights from the permanent collection, including graphics on immigration, prison reform, AIDS and LGBTQ rights, Malcolm X and Mumia, climate change, police brutality, and affordable housing. This is also an opportunity to see posters from the recent Women's March and Teachers Strike. 

At the end of the event each attendee will receive a recently-released, beautiful catalogue showcasing many of the posters in the collection. 


  • This event takes place on a weekday, specifically a Tuesday evening. Please give yourself plenty of time for travel.
  • Some posters will be available for purchase.
  • Please be respectful of the wide range of opinions, philosophies, and proclivities that we may encounter during our visit.
  • While this is an educational excursion, some of the material might be a little heavy for young children. We recommend no children under 15. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, a non-profit organization.
  • Note that the catalogue that everyone gets to take home usually sells for $15.


Email Benjamin Harmon at benjamin.harmon@atlasobscura.com.

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