Moscoso, Victor [Richard Brautigan]. Handbill for the Invisible Circus.
San Francisco: The Diggers, 1967.
5”x7”, single sheet. Announcement for “The Invisible Circus, a 72 Hour Community, presented by Artist Liberation Front - Diggers - Glide Foundation,” which took place at the Glide Church, February 24-26, 1967. On behalf of the Diggers, “Richard [Brautigan] phoned Victor Moscoso and asked him to do a poster for the event. Any job for the Diggers was a donation, and Moscoso, currently working in color, scaled back his palette. He selected a black-and-white picture from an art book on surrealism and painted the lettering above it in a single evening. To Charles Perry, the image on Moscoso’s small handbill looked like ‘a human being with a rubber eraser as a face’” (William Hjortsberg, “Jubilee Hitchhiker,” p. 295).
The event was cut short following sex on the altar. The event was also a watershed moment in the increasing speed of print communication in the underground as Brautigan and the Diggers set up a mimeograph machine and began running off broadsides in real time, just as the New York Motherfuckers would do that year in protest during community meetings with Bill Graham regarding the free use of the Fillmore East.
From today’s new arrivals. More information at the Division Leap website, www.divisionleap.com. No sex or altars at Division Leap this morning, but the sun is finally out…