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The Mother of Us All - An American Pop Opera

The Mother of Us All - An American Pop Opera

  • 1967
  • Robert Indiana
  • 24 x 37 inches ~ (60 x 93 cm)
  • Unbacked

    This poster is currently unbacked. At check out, you will be given the opportunity to add backing which would cost $135 and take approximately 6-8 weeks.

    Linen backing is the industry standard of conservation. Canvas is stretchered and a sheet of acid free barrier paper is laid down. The poster is then pasted to the acid free paper using an acid free paste. This process is fully reversible and gives support to the poster. A border of linen is left around the poster and can be used by a framer to mount the poster so that nothing touches the poster itself. Backing is what we recommend for framing, and for any poster needing restoration.

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  • The Center Opera Company of the Walker Art Center Presents An American Pop Opera. Tyrone Guthrie Theatre

    The Mother of Us All—a 1945 opera by Virgil Thomson set to a libretto by Gertrude Stein—chronicles the life of Susan B. Anthony in a fanciful exploration of American history. In 1967, Robert Indiana was invited to design the set and costumes for the Center Opera Company at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and several productions thereafter. Similar to his pop-art paintings, he employed flat primary colors, but took a more patriotic bent for this production: red, white, and blue banners; star-spangled pickets affirming the right to vote; and signage that draws on American advertising.

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