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Invisible Circus: 72 Hour Environmental Community Happening, Sponsored by the Diggers, Art Liberation Front and Glide Foundation. Glide Memorial Church, February 24-26

Invisible Circus: 72 Hour Environmental Community Happening, Sponsored by the Diggers, Art Liberation Front and Glide Foundation. Glide Memorial Church, February 24-26

Artist: Dave Hodges

Department: Art
Date: 1967
Medium: offset lithograph on paper
Dimensions:
14 1/2 × 19 7/8 in. (36.8 × 50.5 cm)
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase
Object number: PC2017.15.17
DescriptionColorful poster for The Invisible Circus with a central image of a tiger and text providing details for the event.
On view
Label Text:Along with the Pranksters and Family Dog, the Diggers were another influential counterculture collective. Its founders had been members of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, an acting company who didn’t perform stereotypical silent mime, rather street theater satirizing society and politics. The Diggers grew more radical and engaged, wanting to erase all boundaries between art, activism, and life. They helped feed, clothe, entertain, and indoctrinate the thousands of Flower Children who descended on the city in 1967 and ’68. To help support their efforts, a young businessman named Bill Graham organized fundraising events, as advertised in this playful poster. In a matter of months, Graham would emerge as the most powerful music organizer in the city, exerting international influence.