The AFV&A was delighted to support the acquisitions of posters for the exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 which ran from September 10, 2016 through February 26, 2017.

This major exhibition explored the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s, expressed through fashion, film, design and of course music.

The AFV&A acquired a fantastic selection of ephemera from the American cultural underground, including several posters such as the Trips Festival 1966 flyer, by Wes Wilson; Human Be-In, by Michael Bowen and the Flying Eyeball poster advertising a concert with Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall in 1968 at the Fillmore Auditorium, by Rick Griffin.

Other highlights in the show included a reimagined Carnaby Street, an immersive Woodstock experience and a close look at politics and protest throughout the period. The exhibition welcomed 243,387 visitors and received widespread praise in the press:

“The exhibition succeeds thanks to the deft choice of exhibits, playful presentation and the joyously mind-bending, world changing ideas it shares.”

Alice Rawsthorn, International New York Times

“Fantastic production values and attention to detail.” *****

Tabish Khan, The Londonist


Image credit: You Say You Want a Revolution? Exhibition Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London