Bill Graham poster no. 136; blue background; hand holding torch over heart at center; red, yellow, and black text

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"Heart and Torch," Big Brother & the Holding Company, Santana, Chicago Transit Authority, September 12-14, Filmore West, 1968

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Gift of Paul Maurerexpand_more  2019.118.4

Known for his complex but legible designs, Rick Griffin often combined eclectic typefaces and decorative borders of brilliant colors in his concert posters. For this 1968 poster announcing a concert at the Fillmore West, Griffin spells out the headliner acts Big Brother and Santana with tendril-like lettering that surrounds a central heart and torch motif symbolizing unity, enlightenment, and the life force. The motif’s similarity to the Christian sacred heart symbol was likely intentional, as Griffin would later identify as a born-again Christian.

Details
Title
"Heart and Torch," Big Brother & the Holding Company, Santana, Chicago Transit Authority, September 12-14, Filmore West
Artist Life
1944 - 1991
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2019.118.4
Provenance
Paul Maurer, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2019.
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Bill Graham poster no. 136; blue background; hand holding torch over heart at center; red, yellow, and black text

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