Family Dog poster no. 61; blue background with pink and orange text; pixilated blurry figure wearing a full skirt with four wings (?) in blue, red, and yellow on purple ground; "ANNABELLES BUTTERFLY DANCE" below figure in blue; purple typewritten text at bottom

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"Butterfly Lady," The Doors, The Sparrow, May 12-13, Avalon Ballroom, 1967

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Gift of Paul Maurer and Scott Westexpand_more  2019.59.61

For this concert poster promoting the rock band The Doors for the Avalon Ballroom, Victor Moscoso borrowed a still image from Annabelle’s Serpentine Dance, a short silent film made in 1895 by the American inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Edison (1847-1931). The film stars actress and modern dancer Annabelle Moore (1878-1961) performing one of her popular dances while wearing a butterfly costume. For his design, Moscoso used various combinations of brilliant “pulsating” color to give the illusion that the dancer was in motion. Like many of Moscoso’s poster designs of the late sixties, these visual effects were designed to mimic the experiences of using hallucinogenic drugs.

Details
Title
"Butterfly Lady," The Doors, The Sparrow, May 12-13, Avalon Ballroom
Artist Life
American (born Spain), born 1936
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2019.59.61
Provenance
Paul Maurer, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2019.
Catalogue Raisonne
Family Dog 61
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Family Dog poster no. 61; blue background with pink and orange text; pixilated blurry figure wearing a full skirt with four wings (?) in blue, red, and yellow on purple ground; "ANNABELLES BUTTERFLY DANCE" below figure in blue; purple typewritten text at bottom

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