Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal poster, the Pelham Bay Park edition.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents the 14th district of New York in the Bronx and Queens,  unveiled a series of New Deal Era-style posters to promote her Green New Deal (GND) plan. The first two posters highlight historic monuments in New York City: the Victory Memorial in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx and the Unisphere globe sculpture in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.

“These posters push us to imagine our future with a Green New Deal in two of our beloved NY-14 parks: Pelham Bay & Flushing Meadows,” the U.S. Representative wrote in a statement on Twitter. “All our #GND posters are made in the US, union-printed & will be available for purchase soon, but available at organizing events now,” she added.

The posters are reminiscent of the Work Projects Administration (WPA) lithographs from the mid-1930s and early 1940s. That program was part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, which inspired Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal plan. The first 250 prints will be released tomorrow, August 31, at the Pelham Bay Nature Day event, where the congresswoman will be a guest of honor. The Bronx posters will be distributed for free during the event.

A Green New Deal poster features Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.

“Bronx & Queens art is where we’re starting, but we aspire to release custom #GreenNewDeal art for local communities across America,” Ocasio-Cortez promised and announced a forthcoming line of “GND reusables!”

Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified Rep. Ocasio-Cortez as a senator in one reference. We regret the error.

Hakim Bishara is a Senior Editor at Hyperallergic. He is a recipient of the 2019 Andy Warhol Foundation and Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant and he holds an MFA in Art Writing from the School of Visual...

15 replies on “Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Unveils a Series of Green New Deal Art Posters”

  1. This “art” looks awful familiar. Oh wait, I think I know where I’ve seen this style before. It’s the same style as Soviet Union propaganda.

    1. No. Sorry. Nope. The edges are too soft. More like Roosevelt’s New Deal Art Deco. So, has your portfolio crashed yet? It will, you know.

  2. The designs are, indeed, very like Constructivist, Futurist, semi-Deco style from the 1930’s, which I have no problem with, but I would like clarification on who designed them. Did Congress woman Ocasio-Cortez do the artwork?

      1. Thanks, but, um, it is a bit awkward to read a story at an ART site that fails to mention the ARTIST(S) who made these images.

    1. They look like the train that takes you from JFK to Jamaica station. Works fine. Try it sometime. And what’s with all the spitballs and trolls today? I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of the same 1% getting all the rewards of our work, our economy, our infrastructure that supports them.

  3. The designs are based on older American civic-oriented poster designs like national park posters, and that is a great visual connection. The article should have credited the designer(s).

    1. I dunno. Sounds like a good jobs generator, falling bridges and roads will get repairs. And here’s what really cracks me up: more people with good jobs and incomes only means the rich will get really richer! So, the pushback is confusing, to say the least.

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