20/20 InSight: Posters from the 2017 Women’s March

October 17, 2019–February 10, 2020
A yellow freestanding wall with pink and black text welcomes the guest into the mostly handwritten poster show.

The Women’s March held on January 21, 2017, in cities across the United States brought together people of all types for a demonstration in response to the election of President Donald J. Trump.

Taking to the streets, protesters made posters addressing issues of immigration, environmentalism, and civil rights that tapped into an apprehension about the future of democracy in the United States and, in particular, the treatment of women. The 2017 Women’s March was a highwater mark of participation in recent memory, but it follows a tradition of protests and persistent action in the quest for equal rights. Equally enduring are the graphics and poster images that have carried through generations of marches, rallies, and grassroots action. Today’s demonstrators arm themselves with symbols from poster history, borrowing the power of their ideology while crafting new meaning. 20/20 InSight looks at the 2017 Women’s March within this larger context to understand what has come before and to encourage participation in the future of this democracy.

Melissa Walker is a Brooklyn based artist with a lifelong dedication to the art of printmaking and expertise specifically in posters. Melissa works at Chisholm-Larsson Gallery, one of the foremost poster galleries in New York City. Previously, they served as the Collections Manager at Poster House, where they were pivotal to the museum’s establishment and inauguration.

This collection was donated to Poster House by an anonymous source in the wake of the 2017 Women’s March in Boston, MA. If you see your work or the work of someone you know in this exhibition, we would love to know. Please email us with a photo or other evidence proving you are the designer of the sign and we will credit you.

Selected Images

A poster for Women's March with a colorful hand drawn text of
Be Extra Kind, 2017
Designer Unknown
A poster of purple and green hand written text of
Our Rights Are Not Up for Grabs, 2017
Designer Unknown
A black poster with 5 illustrative fists in the air with white hand written text.
We Are Not Defeated, 2017
Designer Unknown
A poster of a red hand drawn feminism symbol and hand written text.
Fight, 2017
Designer Unknown
A white poster with white painterly text in a red circle.
Keep Abortion Legal, 2017
Designer Unknown
A poster of a purple and magenta hand drawn text of
Zig-ah Zig-ah, 2017
Designer Unknown
Hand made sign of a cat screaming surrounded by claw marks
Grab This Pussy, 2017
Designer Unknown
Hand made poster of Stockard Channing in Grease with sunglasses.
Ok Girls Let's Go Get 'Em, 2017
Designer Unknown