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A Ritual Pentagon Exorcism

ID Number: 4433
Maker: Artist Unknown
Technique: offset
Date Made: 1967
Place Made: United States
Measurements: 61 cm x 61 cm; 24 in x 24 in
Main Subject: Viet Nam War Era; Peace (Anti-War); Counter Culture
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
A Ritual Pentagon Exorcism October 21 Washington


Acquisition Number: 1994-015

Notes:
On Saturday, October 21, 1967, at least 100,000 gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to protest the Vietnam War. After hours of speeches, roughly half crossed the Potomac toward the Pentagon. The protest assumed an intentionally absurd character early on: Abbie Hoffman, co founder of the Yippies, promised to levitate the Pentagon into the air. Beat poet Allen Ginsberg (depicted in the outer circle) led Tibetan chants in the hope of accomplishing exactly that feat, accompanied by The Fugs, a satirical rock group. The head of Tuli Kupferberg, co-founder of the Fugs, makes up the inner circle, surrounding the nuclear mushroom cloud.


Copyright Status:
Public domain.


Exhibition Annotation:
On Saturday, October 21, 1967, at least 100,000 gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to protest the Viet Nam War. After hours of speeches, roughly half crossed the Potomac toward the Pentagon. The protest assumed an intentionally absurd character early on: Abbie Hoffman, co founder of the Yippies, promised to levitate the Pentagon into the air. Beat poet Allen Ginsberg (depicted in the outer circle) led Tibetan chants in the hope of accomplishing exactly that feat, accompanied by The Fugs, a satirical rock group. The head of Tuli Kupferberg, co-founder of the Fugs, makes up the inner circle, surrounding the nuclear mushroom cloud and skull.



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