Woodstock Posters & ads


I visited the Museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts last week. They do good job of setting the scene of the 1960’s in general by illustrating the changes the nation was going through—both socially and politically. But I most enjoyed all the Woodstock memorabilia and the sections talking about the festival itself. I really appreciated that they had a lot of the printed ephemera on display.

woodstock-aquarian-expositionIt was interesting to see the various ways that the Aquarian Exposition was portrayed in the posters and ads. Just the fact that it had an art component, in addition to the music, was not really something I had been aware of. (Unfortunately, the photos I took aren’t great since they were through the glass exhibition cases, but you can get a sense of the designs…)

The first depiction is all Art Nouveau and highly decorative. Not a look I ever equated with Woodstock. It was created by David Edward Byrd and is based on  Jean Auguste Dominique Ingre’s La Source. The slightly sad story (and a clearer image) of how Bryd left for vacation and couldn’t be contacted to redo the piece can be found here.