May Day: an International Labor Poster Exhibit by Stephen Lewis

Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton MA (Northampton, MA 01060)

Photo By Lynne Graves

Stephen Lewis will be exhibiting May Day posters at the library. Lewis has numerous May Day posters that he has collected, from France, Spain, Namibia, Australia, Denmark, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Germany, and Liechtenstein to name a few. Don’t let the fact that May Day is May 1st dissuade you: the exhibit is fabulous to view any month of the year.

The exhibit is part graphic art, part history, part culture and part political message. Artists may appreciate the various ways a theme is depicted by many different artists, hailing from different countries and cultures. Lewis has made the foreign language posters more accessible by including translation of key phrases to English. Historians can see what social and political changes were being advocated for in different countries at different times. Activists can see some of their favorite causes, including the celebration of May Day itself, agitated for in these posters.