Hand signed, dated and numbered original Op Art three color silkscreen on 100% handmade rag paper from the early Seventies, by internationally renowned British abstract Op artist Bridget Riley. “Print for Chicago 8” was created for the legendary portfolio “CONSPIRACY: the Artist as Witness”, to raise money for the legal defense of the Chicago 8 (who later became the Chicago 7) a group of anti-Vietnam War activists indicted by President Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell for conspiring to riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The eight demonstrators included Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, Lee Weiner, and Bobby Seale. (The eighth activist, Bobby Seale, was severed from the case and sentenced to four years for contempt after being handcuffed, shackled to a chair and gagged.) Although Abbie Hoffman would later joke that these radicals couldn’t even agree on lunch, the jury convicted them of conspiracy, with one juror proclaiming the demonstrators “should have been shot down by the police.” All of the convictions were ultimately overturned by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. This silkscreen has excellent provenance: it comes from the original Portfolio: “Conspiracy: The Artist as Witness”, which also featured works by Alexander Calder, Jack Beal, Romare Bearden Leon Golub-Nancy Spero, Sol Lewitt, Robert Morris, Claes Oldenburg, Larry Poons, Peter Saul, Raphael Soyer and Frank Stella. All of the artists – including Bridget Riley – donated the entire edition to the Chicago 8 (later Chicago 7) legal fundraising campaign run the Center for Constitutional Rights.