” I believe it was Steven who actually initiated hippie dress in San Francisco, before it was fashionable.”
San Francisco Artist
This original Steven Arnold handbill was created for the February 1968 San Fransisco premier of Arnold and collaborator Michael Weise‘s third film, “Messages, Messages”, which was later featured as part of the Director’s Fortnight at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival. After the sold out premier, Steven was invited to begin programming late-night engagements at the event’s venue, the Palace Theatre. This led to the inception of Arnold’s Nocturnal Dream Shows, the first of the ongoing midnight movie showcases of the time, and the launchpad for the groundbreaking psychedelic San Franscisco drag troupe, The Cockettes.
This rarely seen poster was created in the late 1960s by Steven Arnold for San Francisco filmmaker and scholar Larry Jordan. The producer of this event, The Intersection for the Arts, called simply Intersection here, is still highly active in San Francisco, although now at a new address. During this period, Arnold was also creating posters for the renowned San Francisco nightclub, The Matrix. Follow the text links highlighted in blue in the preceding paragraph and those listed below for more information.
Throughout 1967, Steven created a sizable body of surrealist, psychedelic poster art for the Matrix, a renowned San Fransisco nightclub, which featured regular performances by the likes of The Charlatans, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, The Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company w/ Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, The Doors, Steve Miller Blues Band w/ Boz Scaggs, Santana, and The Velvet Underground. We will be revealing more regularly.
Throughout the mid-late 1960s and early 1970s, Steven regularly created flyers, posters, and graphic art for local San Fransisco performance venues and boutiques, including The Palace Theater, The Matrix, and In Gear. The above poster was hand-drawn for The Matrix, a famed psychedelic rock venue which was located in San Francisco’s Fillmore District. The Matrix hosted many up-and-coming groups of the time, including: The Doors, The Jefferson Airplane, and The Grateful Dead. The club was also a favorite haunt of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, among others. This particular example, from 1967, headlines the pioneering psychedelic rock band, Quicksilver Messenger Service.