Bonnie in the Boy's Club

Karly James, Professor Amanda Horton, Department of Graphic Design, University of Central Oklahoma,100 N University Dr, Edmond, OK 73034

The psychedelic movement came about in the mid to late 60s as a part of the counterculture scene, and is perhaps one of the most easily identifiable styles for designers and non-designers alike. The psychedelic poster scene was a “boys club” with very few women, and even fewer that are acknowledged for their contributions. Bonnie Maclean was one of the only women in the psychedelic poster movement and was a stronger contributor, although she stays hidden behind the “Big Five” designers. Bonnie MacLean created posters for the Fillmore in San Francisco while working for her then husband, Bill Graham. MacLean’s time on the scene lasted only about five year, designing a total of 32 posters in that span of time. MacLean made beautiful imagery influenced by a wide range of cultural images and historical art movements. Bonnie MacLean and her work is often overlooked in the graphic design history canon, possibly because of her short span on the scene or because she was one of the only women; however, MacLean is a significant figure of the psychedelic poster movement that should be acknowledged.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Karly James

Institution: University of Central Oklahoma

Type: Poster

Subject: Art History & Visual Arts

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 1
Date/Time: Mon 1:30pm-2:30pm
Session Number: 2063