Item #5320 We Begin Bombing in Five Minutes. Artist Poster Committee of Art Workers Coalition, Coosje van Bruggen Mary Frank, Claes Oldenburg, Jon Hendricks, Max Kozloff, Irving Petlin.

We Begin Bombing in Five Minutes

New York: Artist Poster Committee, 1984. Item #5320

Offset. 22 1/2 x 35 in. Creasing throughout and a chip missing from the top left corner of the poster, not obstructing image or text. Good.

A response from the Art Workers Coalition to the infamous joke by President Ronald Reagan about bombing the Soviet Union. During a mic check before a campaign press conference from his summer home, the President said "My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."

Despite being kept silent by CBS and CNN, the remark was leaked to the press, setting portions of the Soviet military on high alert and causing an uproar domestically. Reagan swept to a victory a few months later, proving for neither the first time nor the last, the callousness with which our leaders approach mass death.