” I believe it was Steven who actually initiated hippie dress in San Francisco, before it was fashionable.”
San Francisco Artist
Although best known for his photography, Steven Arnold also wrote, designed, and directed several groundbreaking visionary films. including 1967’s The Liberation of Mannique Mechanique. Stuart Comer of the Tate Modern (London) said of Mannique: “a macabre, decadent work presenting mannequins and models that travel through strange universes toward possible self-discovery.” Brooklyn-based artist and writer Kate Wadkins in a recent online article observed: “Arnold’s films are dream-like visions of androgynous beings. Their narratives are modern-day fairy tales and reveries about gender—all through the lens of an acid trip.” Mannique was most recently featured as a part of the ONE Archive’s Steven Arnold retrospective Cabinet of Curiosities (2012/2013), the Screen from Barcelona festival (2012), and the the Tate Modern’s Fashion and Film series (2011).
This rarely seen drawing is representative of a period from 1966-67 during which Steven Arnold created posters and handbills for The Matrix nightclub in San Francisco, and for other local filmmakers and businesses. For a selection of other examples of Arnold’s poster art CLICK HERE.
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.