Browse Exhibits (3 total)
One of the important tasks of the Wisconsin protesters' rhetoric was constructing a combatable enemy.
A look at some images being circulated during the protests which made allusions to popular culture and to broader conflicts in history, possibly to make the protests in Wisconsin more relatable or salient to a wide audience.
During the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising many different people from all walks of life came to protest at the Capitol steps, signs in hand. This exhibit explores the creativity protesters exerted through their signs and the power that their creativity played in the movement. Many of the signs that came out of the protest were humorous, not only drawing large attention and making a serious situation seem easier to deal with, but also showing the unique group of people that rallied around the Capitol on those cold winter days. Another factor this exhibit explores is how signs occupied all parts of the Capitol, leaving no space empty. One could not walk around the Capitol, inside or out, without a protest sign in their vision. Overall, this exhibit shows the power a simple sign can play in protest movement and the unique messages spread through the Wisconsin Uprising through various signs.