Whatever My Individual Desires Were To Be Poster

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This one-of-a-kind poster was designed and letterpress printed by Amos Kennedy. The text on this poster in all capitals—”Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way.”—communicates a quote by Rosa Louise Parks (1913-2005). Ms. Parks was a great African-American activist known for her refusal to give her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama, which launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She was pivotal in the Civil Rights Movements during the mid-twentieth century and was often called "the mother of the Civil Rights Movement."

  • 12.5 x 19 inches
  • Printed Letterpress chipboard
  • Black on yellow layers over red oil-based inks
  • Printed Letterpress
  • Chipboard
  • Original
  • Ships Flat

Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.’s life took a sharp turn after he saw a vintage printing press in action while visiting Colonial Williamsburg. That chance encounter inspired him to change the course of his career, studying and eventually becoming a master letterpress printer.

Unlike so-called “fine printers” who have chosen to embrace letterpress as a precious form of high art, Kennedy’s work doubles down on the democratic and of-the-moment nature of printing. There’s an excitement and urgency present in each piece, resulting in posters that are just as informative as they are visually delightful.

He is best known for his intense use of layering, stacking phrases and words on top of each other until they are abstracted, almost hidden. He deftly mixes wood and metal type alongside handmade pressure prints, linoleum cuts, carved designs, and laser-cut imagery. Visual jokes are plentiful.

The Letterpress Posters of Amos Kennedy (October 8, 2020–January 3, 2021) is the inaugural exhibition of Poster House’s series installed in the entry gallery of the Museum.

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