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"High Societies: Psychedelic Rock Posters from Haight-Ashbury, Toulouse-Lautrec and the Cabarets of Montmartre, Japanese Woodblock Prints and the Floating World of Edo"
2001-05-26 until 2001-08-12
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego, CA, USA United States of America

The San Diego Museum of Art opens its special exhibition High Societies on May 26, treating visitors to three significant moments in popular art which includes the largest survey of psychedelic rock posters organized in twenty-five years. The exhibition joins selections from the extensive collection of psychedelic rock posters owned by Paul Prince with the Museumís collections of Japanese woodblock prints and posters by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Organized by the San Diego Museum of Art, High Societies is an unprecedented collaboration among three of the Museumís curatorial departments: American art, European art, and Asian art. According to the Museumís executive director Don Bacigalupi, This exhibition presents a unique opportunity for the entire community to explore treasures from the Museumís collection in new and exciting contexts. Perhaps even more importantly, the presentation of 1960s rock posters introduces our visitors to an important moment in the history of American graphic design that is currently gaining recognition as an estimable art form.

In spite of the diversity of time, place, and culture that each component of the exhibition represents, all three present graphic images that promoted in their day popular entertainments by imparting a sense of their spirit and experience. Though originally conceived as ephemeral, these graphic works have ultimately made their way from the street to the fine art museum.


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