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Honors Project - Christine Corkran '05

1968: "Political Posters in Paris"

While completing her two-semester independent study for Honors on Parisian students' posters and graffiti in 1968, Christine Corkran '05 designed and led the construction of a remarkable exhibit in the Curriculum Gallery on the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College. Her recreation of a Parisian street scene captured the tumult that was Paris '68. Posters and graffiti (including, "Professors, you are old!") covered the walls, a barricade blocked the street, and audio recordings captured the antagonism between student demonstrators and the police ordered to disperse them. The events of 1968 had a tremendous impact on France, temporarily paralyzing the country and leading to long-term political and social change. This representation of the Parisian past reminds us of the potential impact of student mobilization. It also interrogates, in the form of graffiti and posters, the role of art in political movements.

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