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About Days of Rage

Days of Rage is a web exhibition that enlivens historical activist posters from ONE Archives at the USC Libraries through tactile analysis and storytelling. Grounded in the experiences of activists and graphic designers Alan Bell, Daniel Hyo Kim, Chandi Moore, Silas Munro, Judy Ornelas Sisneros, and Jordan Peimer, the exhibition positions LGBTQ+ graphic design as embodied in community realities and histories, producing subjective reflections on the interdependence of design and activism. In assembling the exhibition, these community experts chose five posters from the recently digitized poster collection at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries. Over a sequence of stylized videos that emphasize the choreography of their hands, the invited experts reflect on their selections, allowing the posters to guide ruminations on design language, community responsiveness, erasure and history, and the affiliative force of activist politics. Their hands, voices, and memories serve as interpretive guides in transmitting knowledge, thereby queering the mode in which graphic design is displayed–which is so often static and wall-bound. From bold graphic declarations of community activation to explicit safer sex health campaigns, the posters discussed run the affective gamut, bringing up powerful feelings of rage, joy, and sorrow. Days of Rage privileges this associative and sometimes aleatory interpretation of design, and finds profound value in its capacity to serve as a roiling, continuous link to a shared sense of LGBTQ+ ancestry and struggle.

The exhibition is curated by Andy Campbell, Associate Professor Critical Studies at the Roski School of Design, University of Southern California (USC), and co-curated by Tracy Fenix and Austen Villacis, current students in Roski’s Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere graduate program.

This project is organized by One Institute, made possible by a grant from Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. The digitization of over 4200 posters in ONE’s collections was made possible by a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources’ Digitizing Hidden Collections program.

About One Institute

Founded in 1952, One Institute is the oldest active LGBTQ organization in the United States, and is dedicated to telling the accurate stories and history of all LGBTQ people and their culture. As an independent nonprofit, One Institute promotes ONE Archives at the USC Libraries — the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world — and provides innovative educational initiatives, public exhibitions, and community programs. The curatorial and educational choices made by One Institute are guided by our commitment to social equity and justice. We engage with the complexity of LGBTQ history and representation through highlighting the intersectional and authentic narratives of Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), women, gender-nonconforming and transgender people, people of various abilities, youth, and elders across all socio-economic classes.


About Protest Sign Font

The Protest Sign Font utilized on the Days of Rage exhibition website is created by GenderFail. GenderFail is a publishing, programing and archiving platform run solely by Be Oakley. The font is licensed for noncommercial usage.


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For inquiries about the exhibit, contact Umi Hsu, Director of Content Strategy at One Institute.

Chandi Moore

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Chandi Moore, a Los Angeles native, is a nationally recognized HIV and Trans activist. She currently works for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Center for Trans Youth and Development. Chandi has extensive knowledge and experienceing working with Trans and gender non-conforming youth.  In her current role she leads a nationally recognized and evidence-d based trans youth specific project called BLUSH (Brave Leaders Unified to strengthen our Health). Chandi is a commanding public speaker and facilitator with years of HIV testing/counseling experience.  She is also known for managing and supporting special events and creatively collaborating within the local and national HIV community as well as being an advocate and spokeswoman for the Trans-community and LGB communities. A previous Co-Chair for the TSPN (Transgender Service Providers Network), s. She was recently named as one of Advocate Magazine’s 25 Trans pioneers who took us past the tipping point in 2015. Also in 2015 she joined forces with the Center of Disease Control  for their Act against AIDS initiative campaign,  “Doing It” which encourages the community to get tested for HIV and to knowing their status.   A 2015 Positive Images Statement of Courage Award Recipient and the 2018 Better Brothers Los Angeles Advocate Award winner, . Chandi can also be seen alongside American television personality and retired Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete Caitlyn Jenner on the GLAAD media award winning “I Am Cait.”. Chandi Moore is someone who loves to empower others to reach the light that is at the end of the tunnel.

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Stop Anti-Gay/Lesbian Violence

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
c. 1982

Have Sex – Go to Jail


Use a Latex Condom Every Time: We’re All At Risk For HIV/AIDS

Valerie Papaya Mann and Earnest Hite, photo by Hopeton Stewart / AIDS Project of the East Bay
c. 1990

I’ll Always Love My Mama