Opening on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at the Chicago History Museum, “Designing for Change: Chicago Protest Art of the 1960s–70s” offers a dynamic experience that transports visitors back to a pivotal time in Chicago and US history.

Through the lens of protest art, this exhibition explores the social and political movements of the 1960s and ’70s, connecting them to present-day issues. With more than 100 thought-provoking artifacts, including posters, fliers, signs, banners, and more, visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the era’s radical ideas on race, war, gender equality, and sexuality. 

Curated by Olivia Mahoney, the exhibition also features period photography and first-person interviews, delving into Chicago’s tradition of activist art, now known as “artivism.” Additionally, it showcases the works of a new generation of artivists who continue Chicago’s rich legacy of protest art in response to critical issues of our time. 

The exhibition will inspire visitors to recognize the transformative power of design and encourage them to actively participate in civic affairs. We welcome members of the media to join us for an exclusive preview, from May 13 to 17, to experience the powerful narratives presented in this exhibition.