A serious and adult play about two women who run a school for girls. After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about the two women, the rumor soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to understand the power she wields, she sticks by her story, which precipitates tragedy for the women. It is later discovered that the gossip was pure invention, but it is too late. Irreparable damage has been done.
Cast: 2 men, 12 women. 75p. Undated, with a 1953 copyright and 1981 copyright renewal.
Printed poster (mailer) for the April Fools Fantasy at the San Francisco Art Institute, Saturday, April 1, 1989.
Printed date and signature in brush, lower left: “2 ’89 Aline Kominsky-Crumb.”
Poster measures 11×17 inches unfolded. It was folded into 8 panels, 4 on each side, for mailing. Printed on both sides. It served as a promotional piece and there is mailing label residue on one panel.
Listed artists include Terry Allen, Michael Almaguer, Bill Berkson, Squeak Carnwath, Tim Collins, Bruce Conner, Paul DeMarinis, Tom Holland, Carrie Lederer, Judy Malloy, Maria Porges, Linda Stupski, and others.
Aline Kominsky-Crumb is one of the most significant artists to emerge from the underground comix movement of the 1960s and ’70s. She collaborates with husband R. Crumb and is also a celebrated painter and cartoonist. This poster was created before she and Robert Crumb moved to France.
Founded in 1871, the Art Institute (SFAI) claims to be the only fine arts school dedicated to contemporary art. It gained an illustrious reputation on the West Coast for courting faculty members like the photographers Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Edward Weston. Alums include Annie Leibovitz and Kehinde Wiley. An institutional victim of the unprecedented global COVID-19 pandemic, the school is scheduled to close down due to mounting debt after issuing degrees in May 2020.