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Bombs... Not Bread

ID Number: 1850
Maker: Shock Battalion; Mark Vallen
Technique: silkscreen
Date Made: 1983
Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 50.4 cm x 36.6 cm; 19 13/16 in x 14 7/16 in
Main Subject: Chicano/Latino
Materials: newsprint (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

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Bombs... Not Bread [artist's signature] Vallen 83

Acquisition Number: 1992-099

My silkscreen poster “Bombs Not Bread“, was directly influenced by the works of the great Mexican satirical printmaker, José Guadalupe Posada, as well as the Chicano arts movement of the late 60s/early 70s. Created in 1983 as a Day of the Dead poster, my artwork depicts a military “calaca” - Mexican/Chicano slang for skeleton - along with text that serves as a mocking inversion of the peace movement’s slogan, “Bread Not Bombs”. My poster was printed on cheap paper and utilized as street art when it was first published. “Bombs Not Bread” was also included in the 1984 traveling antiwar exhibit, End of the Rainbow, organized by the Los Angeles based performance art group, Sisters of Survival (S.O.S.). The End of the Rainbow exhibit traveled from California to New York, Massachusetts, Nova Scotia, and finally to Canada. Some of the artists in the show included Leon Golub, Nancy Spero, Jerry Kearns, and Judy Baca. (

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