Times Square Show. Charlie Ahearn.

Times Square Show

New York: Colab, 1980. Xerox flier. 8 1⁄2 x 11 in. Near fine. Item #6352

Alternate design of the Times Square Show “three card monty” advertisement poster designed by Charlie Ahearn. This less- common design illustrates hairier hands and includes the address and other text across the bottom of the design.

The Times Square Show succeeded in transcending class and cultural divides in New York, bringing together a cross section of the city’s working class artists and residents, along with the traditionally more monied art crowd. This success came in large part from Colab’s DIY advertising and promotion for the show, generating immense interest and mystique surrounding the Times Square location and sprawling and varied programming on display.

Colab created 33 television advertisements that ran on Channel 5 as well as showed ads on the Spectacolor digital billboard in Times Square, made possible by Colab member Jane Dickson. Alongside the digital and video works, Colab members widely distributed a large number of printed posters, handbills, and flyers such as this one throughout the city.