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BB-101: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory

BB-101: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory

Artist: Rick Griffin (1944 Palo Alto, California-1991 Petaluma, California)

Department: Art
Date: 1967
Medium: offset lithograph on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 20 × 14 in. (50.8 × 35.6 cm)
Classification: Prints & Printmaking
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of Dr. James Gunn
Object number: PC2015.10.53
DescriptionAdvertisement for a concert showing the "Family Dog Indian" in blue next to a man in red. Behind them is a green caterpillar smoking out of a hookah. Labeled "BB101"
Not on view
Label Text:Even before Chet Helms dropped out of the University of Texas and moved to San Francisco, he had organized dances and concerts around Austin. Lured to the city by Beat fantasies about Kerouac and City Lights Bookstore, Helms plugged right in to its rich folk music and poetry scenes. He fell in with a circle of proto-hippies called the Family Dog commune. They liked to throw big “dance parties”, which eventually grew to the point where they needed permits from the city or risk fines and arrest. Helms saw an opportunity to not only support and promote their social ideals, but for a lot of people to maybe even make a living. Family Dog Productions continued creating custom handbills for Dog events, but these leapt from small amateur window placards to full size professional posters. One of the earliest features the bearded Zig-Zag cigarette logo. Helms branded Family Dog with a found photograph of smoking Indian, featured in a logo collaboratively crafted with Wes Wilson. The man is a frequent subject of many different poster artists, who took turns having fun with it. Both smoking figures make a cartoon appearance in a cheeky, early Rick Griffin poster, accompanied by the hookah-toking caterpillar of Alice in Wonderland fame.