Poster Children

If you need to illustrate your urgent public-policy cause with powerful art and innovative graphics, there's only one place to call: the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. The center's archive -- which gathers political posters made in dozens of languages, spanning decades, preserving, archiving and curating them -- is not only the most impressive collection of its kind; it's also a treasure of progressive L.A. culture. Currently in the midst of a major move of its HQ from its 24-year home in Mid-City to new Culver City digs, as well as marshaling forces to match a two-year National Historic Publications and Records Commission grant to complete its vast online archive, the center's annual Celebrating the Art of Resistance Party Auction couldn't come at a more salient moment. The new space isn't ready yet, so this year's benefit happens at Hollywood's Musicians Union 47 -- a fitting host for an outfit dedicated to, among other causes, the organized labor movement. At the afternoon's benefit, a presentation spanning the range of traveling exhibitions (gay rights, exposing the prison system, global antiwar action, feminism, immigration, racial justice, drug policy reform) will be accompanied by one of the year's most anticipated auctions. The teenage spoken-word and poetry activists of the Get Lit Players perform, and the group's Diane Luby Lane will be honored, along with artists Cheri Gaulke and Sue Maberry and legal activists Sonia Mercado and R. Samuel Paz. A better time saving the world and beautifying your walls would be hard to come by. 817 Vine St., Hlywd.; Sun., Oct. 20, 3 p.m.; $100 and up. (323) 653-4662, politicalgraphics.org.
Sun., Oct. 20, 3 p.m., 2013

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817 N. Vine St.
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