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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.

Judy Ornelas Sisneros + Jordan Peimer

Judy Ornelas Sisneros is a Los Angeles-based activist/photographer who was a member of ACT UP/Los Angeles from 1990 to 1995. She worked primarily, but not exclusively, in the Women’s Caucus and Agitating/Legal committees. She was arrested in civil disobedience actions fighting for people with AIDS five times during her tenure in ACT UP. Sisneros was also a member of Queer Nation LA, Puss ‘n’ Boots (a dyke direct action group) and in 1993, she co-founded the Los Angeles Dyke March. In 2005, she joined Tongues, a Latina lesbian arts group, which participated in the 2006 Marcha Lesbica in Mexico City, and organized the 2007 Tongues to Tongues cross-borders conference in Los Angeles. She co-curated exhibits include Lesbians to Watch Out For: 90s Queer L.A. Activism in 2017, OUT Sights lesbian photography show at the ONE Archives & Library in 2004 and solo-curated Loud, Proud and Pissed at the Highways Gallery2 in 2000. Her photography has been included in group shows including: Round Hole Square Peg 4 (2020, Photo L.A., Santa Monica), Scream Queen (2019, AMAX Gallery, Los Angeles), Liberate the Bar! Queer Nightlife, Activism and Space Making (2019, ONE Gallery, West Hollywood). Currently she is a co-producer of the ACT UP Los Ángeles Oral History Project, capturing histories of activists who worked in AIDS activism from 1987-1997. She runs the @queer_la Instagram page, and is co-admin for the ACT UP LA Alumni 1980’s & 1990’s Facebook page.

Jordan Peimer was a member of ACT UP/LA  from 1988 – 1993. He participated in numerous actions including overnight vigils at County Hospital, protests at Frontera Prison, Federal Buildings in Westwood and Downtown Los Angeles and visits to many homophobic/AIDSphobic politician’s homes including those of Supervisor Pete Schabarum and Governor Deukmejian.  When he joined ACT UP, Peimer was a graduate student at SCI ARC and put his drafting skills to use creating site plans for offices and other locations in advance of protests, sit-ins and civil disturbances. While in ACT UP he helped develop protest graphics and other ephemera in conjunction with the artists collective Critical Mass which he formed with the late Joshua Wells. He also helped form the collective ATTACK (Artists Take The Action In Cultural Krisis) which created the “Art Criminal Chain Gang” to protest the attacks on the “NEA Four.” He was also a member of R.E.D. (Radical Exterior Decorators) an arts protest collective. He was arrested six times for civil disobedience. (That he can remember, but swears it’s seven). Peimer developed a number of successful and controversial fundraising events for ACT UP and Highways Performance Space (where he would become Co-Artistic Director). These included Naked City, Trouble and Highways is Burning–with each raising more than $10,000 per organization. Peimer was later Vice President and Director of Programs at the Skirball Cultural Center and is now Executive Director of ArtPower at University of California, San Diego. He co-founded the ACT UP/LA Oral History Project.

Judy Ornelas Sisneros + Jordan Peimer
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Health Care Not Death Care

Critical Mass

Women are Dying for AIDS Treatment

Critical Mass

AIDSPHOBIA: Protect Yourself from Hollywood

Jordan Peimer and Joshua Wells

Guilty of Crimes Against the Queer Nation

Queer Nation

Have Sex – Go to Jail


Show Your Outrage!


Calling All Queers!

Kate Sorensen

Holy Homophobia!

Robbie Conal

Highways Posters