Don't Eat Grapes


Artist
Milton Glaser (American, 1929 – 2020)
Date
1969
Medium
Offset lithograph
Dimensions
Sheet/image : 36 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. (92.71 x 59.69 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2020.94.2

Label
Artist Milton Glaser created this brutally effective image of a skull-shaped cluster of grapes to support a labor strike against farm owners in Delano, California that lasted from 1965 to 1970. The strike was led by a coalition of Mexican American and Filipino American farm workers who were protesting the low pay and poor working conditions offered to them by California's agricultural industry. Buoyed by public support and alliances with other trade unions, the strike ended in victory for the United Farm Workers union, which was able to win more favorable working contracts for its members throughout California and eventually in other states as well. The text beneath the central image on the poster is a quote from Cesar Chavez, who led the National Farm Workers Association and United Farm Workers union from 1962 until his death in 1993.   

Object Type
Print