Remember this poster?
Well, the same "street artist" who designed the now-famed Obama "Hope" poster in the soviet-era propagandist style, has just released his latest piece. Shepard Fairey's most recent creation is an invitation for the "Occupation Party," which features an image of an afro-clad woman gazing off into the distance, in what is presumably meant to effuse a message of empowerment. The subject bears a striking resemblance to Black Panther and Communist Party activist Angela Davis.
As for the party itself, the festivities are set to kick off this Saturday evening, October 15th, in Times Square. The invitation, intended for the "Awake and Inspired," reads:
Hundreds of cities across the country will host demonstrations in support of the #Occupy movement. In New York City, dozens of community groups, unions, student organizations and lots and lots of regular folk are taking to the streets in a mass protest that will culminate in Times Square at 5pm, then moving (by train party!) downtown.
Partygoers are instructed to wear dramatic white, because "in many cultures dressing in white is a symbol of hope and transition. Think: white suits, dresses, face-paint, glitter, balloons, banners, be inspired."
The invitation also states that at sunset there will be a "moment that will light the night." One shudders to think what that "moment" might be.
L.A. Weekly adds:
Right after receiving the victorious news from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that Occupy Wall Street doesn’t have to move out of Zuccotti Park after all, protest organizers learned they’d been blessed with a Shepard Fairey original.
An East Coast art-blog editor who’s been keeping up with the artistic aspects of OWS (and oh, there are many – in L.A. too!) told WNYC radio of Fairey’s “Occupation Party” invite: “I think it’s really great that it’s an upward looking positive image, as well as it tries to tie together a little bit of the radicalism of the 60′s with today.”
Indeed — Fairey’s apparently still on his strong-black-person-gazing-majestically-into-the-heavens kick. But will his (very kind) contributions to the movement revive the Obama “Hope” curse?