World on Fire: 1968-Now

Curated by World on Fire Participants
Thursday, November 29
Flaxman Library
United States
Free the Chicago 8 poster

Flaxman Library Main Collections
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 6th floor
Exhibition + Bookshelf

This class examines the intersection of art, design, and politics in 1968, the mythic year of global upheaval. Nearly simultaneously, signal events erupted on multiple continents: "May 1968" in France, the Tet Offensive, the murder of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Tlatelolco Massacre in Mexico City, riots at the Democratic National Convention here in Chicago, the Soviet Union's invasion of Czechoslovakia, and Mao Zedong's "Up to the Mountains, Down to the Countryside" movement. The items on display include materials curated by students enrolled in this course, and the bookshelves behind the display cases provide supporting contextual information through a variety of titles.