“This project is a collection of images and texts, defining and expressing the broad and essential issue of housing on the Lower East Side, and is a statement of the underlying force of ‘art as a means of resistance’. It is both a documentation and expression of social/political issues in our neighborhood, and on a larger scale to symbolize similar conflicts in other parts of the world” — Introduction

The book stands alone as a veritable history of the 1980s and 90s Lower East Side activist art movement centering on housing, economic, healthcare, gay and lesbian and other civil rights. But it also is a document of an impressive and provocative public art project featuring some of the most well-known artists of that movement and the American art world of that time. Each of the 29 posters was printed in an edition of approximately 300: half-formed the book and the others were posted in the neighborhood. These posters catalyzed and sometimes escalated the intensity of the dialog around the ongoing issues of gentrification, conservation, urban development, and social justice that is the bedrock of the Lower East Side experience. And beyond that, the posters represent another 20th Century movement where artists combined innovative materials, design, and aesthetics with radical and populist politics that had a great impact on the art world of New York and beyond.

Writing by: ACT-UP, Miguel Algarin, Chris Burden, Yolanda Crespo, Paul Castrucci, Betzaida Concepcion, Nadia Coen, Anton Von Dalen, Dar, Daze, Allen Ginsberg, Eduardo Galleano, David Hammons, Pain, Adam Purple, Public Enemy, Sabrina Jones, Red Rodriguez, Sane, Sebastian Schroeder, Seth Tobocman, Walter Sipser, Bruce Witsiepe, Will Sales, Krystof Wodiczko, David Wojnarowicz, and many others.

29 Signed Posters by: Paul Castrucci, Nadia Coen, Betzaida Concepcion, Eric Drooker, John Fekner, Sabrina Jones, Vincent Galgliostro/Avram Finkelstein, Day Gleeson & Dennis Tomas, Tom McGliynn & Emily Carter, Missing Foundation, Neighborhood News, Miguel Pinero/Andrew Castrucci, Lady Pink, Lee Quinones/Eduardo Galleano, Red Rodriguez, Will Sales, Juan Sanchez, Sebastian Schroeder, Walter Sipser, Stash Two, Seth Tobocman, Marguerite Van Cooke/James Romberger, Anton Von Dalen, Bruce Witsiepe, Martin Wong, and David Wojnarowicz.

Silkscreen, lithograph, spray-paint, collage, two ‘vellum’ end sheets, wood covers cased in lead, with a bolt binding. 19.5″ x 24.5.” 40 pages, 11 double-sided, 29 posters on Mohawk vellum paper, editioned and signed by each contributing artist. Edition of 150. 1992.