Agitprop News: INSURGENT IMAGES

Alewitz, Mike (Dept. of Art) ALEWITZM at mail.ccsu.edu
Sun Sep 8 16:24:40 MDT 2002


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> Monthly Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of 
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> INSURGENT IMAGES: 
> The Agitprop Murals of Mike Alewitz 
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> by Paul Buhle with Mike Alewitz 
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> (ISBN: 1-58367-034-3, $27.95, pbk.). 
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>From the Preface by Martin Sheen:

> You won't find Mike Alewitz's art in the usual locations. His murals are in places like South-Central Los Angeles, or on the radiated walls of Chernobyl, or in the barrios of Nicaragua, Mexico City or Oxnard, California.  He paints in the bombed city of Baghdad.  
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> Some of his creations are on the walls of union buildings, or in the schools and libraries of working-class communities.  Many of his murals are not on walls at all, but are proudly carried on picket lines and demonstrations by people engaged in vital struggles for decent working conditions, an end to racist violence, or for the rights of immigrant workers.   
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> Mike's murals often contain images of well-known working-class leaders: Martin Luther King, Emiliano Zapata, Harriet Tubman, Cesar Chavez and Malcolm X.  Others are not so well-known or have been lost to us - like early labor leaders Lucy and Albert Parsons or Wesley Everest. Some are martyrs of our own times like Ben Linder and Karen Silkwood.  And all of the paintings are peopled by unknown workers of all nationalities.
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> The murals tell the story of those who feed and clothe us - of those who produce all the wealth of humanity...
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> Excerpts and images are available online at http://www.monthlyreview.org/insurgentweb/
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> Insurgent Images combines art, labor history, and political activism in a full-color, beautifully illustrated, large-format, 160 page showcase of the murals of Mike Alewitz.  Insurgent Images contains text by Paul Buhle and a foreword by the award-winning actor Martin Sheen.
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> The most prolific U.S. labor muralist since the 1940s, Mike Alewitz follows the traditions of Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Siqueiros as well as the early painters of the Russian Revolution. With a demonstrated blend of artistic integrity and political commitment, Insurgent Images combines grand historical themes with enlivening detail, to illustrate the interplay between personality and event. Alewitz brings to this tradition his own rich sense of irony, humor, and fantasy to illuminate the hidden spaces where connections between the workforce of the U.S. and its extended relatives across the planet are to be found.
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> Mike Alewitz is a renowned muralist and labor activist. He is available for interviews and may be contacted at alewitzm at ccsu.edu. For three decades Mike has been active in movements for peace and social justice. He teaches mural painting at Central Connecticut State University and is the artistic director of the Labor Art and Mural Project.
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> Paul Buhle teaches American Civilization at Brown University. His previous books include Taking Care of Business: Samuel Gompers, George Meany, Lane Kirkland, and the Tragedy of American Labor, Tender Comrades: A Backstory of the Hollywood Blacklist, The Encyclopedia of the American Left, and C.L.R. James's Caribbean.
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> Insurgent Images contains murals for the Teamsters—their "Victory Mural" after the United Parcel Service (UPS) Strike of 1998—the Oil Chemical and Atomic Workers, the Communications Workers, United Electrical Workers, the United Farmworkers, as well as the Highlander Folk School and other labor institutions.
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> Other works respond to dramatic events such as the 1984 strike of P-9 workers in Austin, Minnesota, the 1991 rebellion in Los Angeles, and the tragedy at Chernobyl. Altogether, this collection presents an inspiring artistic reading of our epoch, sometimes poignant and yet full of promise.> 
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> Insurgent Images may be ordered online at http://www.monthlyreview.org/szw or by calling 1-800-670-9499 or (212) 691-2555. 
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> Renee Pendergrass
> Monthly Review Press
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MIKE ALEWITZ
alewitzm at ccsu.edu 

Department of Art 
Central Connecticut State University 
New Britain, CT  06050 
Phone: (860)832-2359 
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