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Kenneth Anger's Lucifer Rising

Kenneth Anger's Lucifer Rising

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

Department: Art
Date: 1967
Medium: offset lithograph on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 20 × 14 1/2 in. (50.8 × 36.8 cm)
Classification: Prints & Printmaking
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of Dr. James Gunn
Object number: PC2015.10.56
DescriptionPoster with a black and white illustration of a dar winged figure at its center flying above clouds towards a sun or full moon at the top of the composition. There is a border around the image formed by two Greek columns, a set of stairs, and a triangle with an Egyptian heiroglyph superimposed over a sun.

Not on view
Label Text:Experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger was living in San Francisco in 1966 when he embarked on his most ambitious project yet: his vision of the coming of a new age brought in by Lucifer, “the light bringer”. Anger cast his roommate to play the lead, a handsome young musician named Bobby Beausoleil. Beausoleil later joined the Manson Family, and is currently serving a life sentence for a murder committed in service to Charles Manson which initiated Manson's apocalyptic Helter Skelter race-war fantasy. . Anger was a devoted fan of British occultist and pornographic poet Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) who declared himself the Satanic Beast of Biblical Revelation, and acted the part. Crowley runs like a dark current through the ‘60s counterculture, and was claimed as an influence by (among many others) Timothy Leary and David Bowie, and he was even included on the Beatles’ famed Sgt. Pepper cover. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page went so far as to buy Crowley’s castle in Scotland, and he composed a score for Anger’s film which (after a devilish falling out) wasn’t used. Perhaps in an attempt to balance the spiritual scales, Griffin became a devout Christian three years after creating this poster.