Serigraph poster for the Santa Fe Opera recording of The Mother of Us All
New York: New World Records, 1977. Promotional poster, measuring 36 x 24 inches, screenprinted in red, yellow, black, white, and purple. Three corners creased, several short closed tears to bottom edge.
Pop artist Robert Indiana’s vivid serigraph poster for the 1977 New World Records release of The Mother of Us All, Virgil Thomson’s 1947 opera about Susan B. Anthony, with a libretto by Gertrude Stein: “The right to sleep is given to no woman.” Indiana had long been an active admirer of The Mother of Us All, designing sets for several stage productions, including the Santa Fe Opera’s 1976 bicentennial production, whose recording is advertised here. The typography features Indiana’s signature tipped O in MOTHER, a design element that recalls his iconic LOVE sculpture and stamp. For more on Indiana and The Mother of Us All, see David Littlejohn, “Artists on the Opera Stage” in The Ultimate Art (1992). A really attractive promotional poster, whose minor flaws would be mitigated by proper framing.