1966. Item #4599
New York: 1966. 14 x 22”, offset lithograph in pink and black on cardboard. Artist unknown.
The striking, and iconic poster for Andy Warhol’s film of homosexual obsession on Fire Island,
issued near the end of it’s landmark run at the Cinematheque - a landmark event in the history
of gay film. These screenings were subject to surveillance by plain-clothed policemen during
this time, and On April 12, shortly after this poster was released, the owner’s of the Filmmakers’
Cinematheque were served with a summons to defend the showing of the film against charge of
indecency. The charges which were dismissed following the defense of the film by the ACLU. By
that time, the film had moved to the more mainstream Hudson Theater, and was being shown in
cities around the U.S.
This was the first Warhol film to feature the work of Paul Morrissey, and was the first to feature
camera movement and audible sound.
The artist who created this striking and now iconic design is unknown, but the same format was
also used for at least two other posters issued during that same era for related events. See below.