Blueprint For Counter Education: Expanded Reprint and Poster Launch

Picture Rooms presents the expanded reprint and launch of a special limited-edition set of Blueprint for Counter Education posters.

Blueprint for Counter Education is one of the defining (but neglected) works of radical pedagogy of the Vietnam War era. Originally published in 1970 and integrated into the design of the Critical Studies curriculum at CalArts, the book was accompanied by large graphic posters that could serve as a portable learning environment for a new process-based model of education, and a bibliography and checklist that map patterns and relationships between radical thought and artistic practices—from the avant-gardes to postmodernism—with Marcuse and McLuhan serving as points of anchorage.

Published by Inventory Press, this new facsimile edition of the book, posters, and slipcase includes a 64-page booklet featuring a conversation with the original Blueprint authors Maurice Stein, Larry Miller, and designer Marshall Henrichs, as well as essays from Jeffrey Schnapp, Paul Cronin, and notes on the design by Adam Michaels of Project Projects.

"Surrounded by charts, the participant will be confronted by ideas and issues that compel him to interact with everything going on around him—from movies, to riots, to political campaigns," the introduction reads. "There is no text book, no syllabus, no final exam; and the 'faculty; includes Marcuse, McLuhan, Eldrige Cleaver, and Jean-Luc Godard. THE REVOLUTION BEGINS HERE."

May 15th 2016