Bahr Gallery Reopens with "Revolution Evolution" Exhibition

The Sound, October 1966, by Wes Wilson


“Revolution Evolution” to open April 5 at Bahr Gallery



1966-67 Poster Exhibition Traces How the Sixties Became Psychedelic



OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (Mar 18, 2024) – The Bahr Gallery, an art gallery dedicated to vintage, first-edition, psychedelic rock poster art, announced that a new Exhibition, “Revolution Evolution” will be opening at the gallery on April 5, 2024 and running through August 10.  There will be an opening wine and cheese reception on Saturday, April 6 from 6:00-8:00.



The Exhibition illustrates the evolution of the psychedelic rock poster design style as it first emerged from early 1966 to the middle of 1967. The psychedelic poster era lasted just four years, and while there were many epic, iconic posters produced in 1968-1969, most of the innovations and paths later artists would follow were established in those first 15 months.



The epicenter of the psychedelic music and art movement was San Francisco and the heart of the movement was represented by the city’s two main venues for rock dances, the Fillmore Auditorium and the Avalon Ballroom. In mid-July 1967 the mainstream Moore Gallery just off Union Square held an exhibition by the leading psychedelic poster artists of the day and dubbed them the Big Five. Indeed, by the time the “Joint Show” opened, 126 out of the 140 posters for the Fillmore and the Avalon had been done by either Wes Wilson, Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelley, Victor Moscoso or Rick Griffin.



The Exhibition allows one to follow the development of artists Wes Wilson, Mouse & Kelley, and Victor Moscoso, and observe the unique characteristics the psychedelic poster that emerged literally week by week on telephone poles, in store windows and dorm room bulletin boards.



About the Bahr Gallery:   The Bahr Gallery is located at 95 Audrey Avenue in Oyster Bay, has several rooms totaling 1,200 square feet and features more than 70 psychedelic master works mixing rarely seen and iconic late 1960s posters at any given time with meticulous histories placing each piece in context and giving the Gallery a museum-like feel. Admission to the Bahr Gallery and the Revolution Evolution Exhibition is free. The Gallery is open Friday and Saturday afternoons 1:30-6:00 and by appointment.



MEDIA CONTACT:   Ted Bahr  -  516-283-1967

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