The events in Paris, during May 1968, had a deep impact on Fredy Perlman. It gave him reference point in his quest for social change. The Detroit Printing Co-op was a collaborative project where political goals, the dissemination of ideas, and the craft and labor of printing were practiced simultaneously. This show will provide an opportunity to view the printed legacy of that era and question whether that moment and the social change that Perlman sought are, in fact, "unthinkable."
The Detroit Printing Co-op was up and running from 1969 to 1980, and in 1970 issued the first English version of Guy Debord’s incendiary and influential Situationist text Society of the Spectacle
, published by Perlmans’ Black & Red
The show, which features posters, and other books and artifacts from the Lorraine and Fredy Perlman Collection -- soon to be donated to the Labadie Collection at the University of Michigan -- opens Saturday, April 7, 6-9 p.m. at 2739 Edwin (also the address of the gallery) in Hamtramck.