I remember my first and only piece of agitprop, which happens to be forever linked with my first feelings of artistic regret. I was in seventh or eighth grade. Reagan was president, the Cold War in its final years of escalation. Mr. Levitt, the school art teacher, ruled over a spacious corner of the second floor littered with easels, tubes of paint, and jars of rubber cement. Unlike any other teacher, he wore jeans and long, frizzy hair, and though he played classical music all day, he often told stories about pop stars like Bob Dylan and Keith Richards as if he knew them personally. Our assignment: to create a poster for Art Class with a message.
-Langdon Cook is a writer, instructor, and lecturer on wild foods and the outdoors. Join him in a discussion with Spilled Milk co-creators Matthew Amster-Burton and Molly Wizenberg on March 22 at 6pm.