Published: February 11, 2008
DENVERThe Denver Art Museum has acquired a collection of some 875
psychedelic rock posters from the 1960s and '70s. Designed to hang on
light posts, the posters, advertising rock shows in San Francisco's
legendary Avalon Ballroom and Fillmore Auditorium as well as other
locations, combine electric colors, psychedelic imagery, and
lettering influenced by the Vienna Secessionists. According to the
museum, the posters "were the visual embodiment of the radical social
shift in American culture during the 1960s and '70s, and underscored
the anti-war sentiment, sexual freedom, women's rights, and
environmental activism that emerged as defining issues of the time."
The poster, by designers such as Wes Wilson, Victor Moscoso, Alton
Kelley, Stanley "Mouse" Miller, Rick Griffin, Gary Grimshaw, and
Bonnie MacLean, were carefully amassed over the past 25 years by
local collector David Tippit, who says, "I began collecting with the
intent to make the collection available to a larger audience, which
is why I was interested in working with the Denver Art Museum."
Darrin Alfred, assistant curator of graphic design at the museum,
said, "An acquisition of this calibercoupled with the recent
addition of the AIGA Design Archivescontinues the Denver Art
Museum's commitment to creating one of the most far-reaching and
significant holdings of American 20th century graphic design." The
museum is planning to show the collection within the next two years.