Pictures from Opening Day of ¡Orale! Kings and Queens of Cool

Yesterday marked the opening of four exhibitions at The Harwood Museum of Art united by the theme ¡Orale! Kings and Queens of Cool. Robin Gascon attended the opening day festivities, and sent us these great pictures she took. The Harwood has never held an exhibition like this, nor had a crowd like this. It is truly exceptional and about the people’s art. Enjoy!

Everyone is encouraged to attend the exhibitions running now through Sunday, January 25, 2015. Complete information about ¡Orale! Kings and Queens of Cool at

presented at The Harwood Museum of Art

From all found or thrown out materials

From all found or thrown out materials

Opening Day of ¡Orale! The Kings and Queens of Cool 9/20/14

"Chill, Homie, You need to let that shit go" - Buddha

Greg Moon, Snow Mack, Karen Bojorquez & Dennis Larkins

¡ORALE! Kings and Queens of Cool Opening September 20, 2014

The Harwood Museum of Art , Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Harwood Museum of Art presents ¡Orale! The Kings and Queens of Cool

Featuring art by Dennis Larkins, David Singer, Alton Kelley, Lee Conklin, Stanley Mouse, Wes Wilson, & Winston Smith

This fall the Harwood Museum of Art will present four exhibitions, united by the theme ¡Orale! The Kings and Queens of Cool, exploring the art movement now referred to as Post-Pop or Lowbrow that grew out of West Coast surfer, car and street culture. In addition to exploring the West Coast roots of this genre, ¡Orale! The Kings and Queens of Cool will showcase the contemporary expressions of Hispano, Lowrider and street culture in Northern New Mexico. Each of Harwood Museum of Art’s changing exhibition galleries will focus on a different aspect of this genre.

  • Pinstripe Madera: Pinstriping as Minimalism, exhibited in the Caroline Lee and Bob Ellis Gallery, will feature skateboard decks pinstriped by nationally selected artists including Mickey Hortons, “Bugs” Efrain Gonzales, Dave “Letterfly” Knoderer, Zach “ZROD” Rodriguez, Luke “Lucas” Martinez, “Low Low” Arthur Medina, Ron Hernandez, Albert Neri, Jonathan Mercado, David Anthony Garcia (“D.A. Garcia”), Joseph Gonsowski (“Pollock Joe”), Rody Kuschnereit, Herb Martinez (“The Line Dr.”), Kerry Buckley, Anamaria Medina, Victor Martinez, Mr. Rhythm, Dio Dominguez and Alex Juarez.
  • Nuevo Lowbrow: Pop Culture in the West, presented in the Peter and Madeleine Martin Gallery, will feature, side by side for the first time, over 100 of the finest celebrated artists of the Post-Pop Generation and their New Mexico counterparts! Exhibiting artists will include Bob Dob, Joel Nakamura, Gary Baseman, Douglas Johnson, Laurie Lipton, Ryan Singer, KRK Ryden, Tim Prythero, Joe Coleman, Max Lehman, Isabel Samaras, Conrad Cooper, Carrie Ann Baade, Toby Morfin, Rik Allen, Brandon Maldonado, Tim Biskip, El Moises, Ana Bagayan, Greg Moon and many, many more! Also exhibited in New Mexico for the first time will be a selection of original art by pioneering Rock and Underground Comix artists from the late 60’s and early 70’s including the work of R. Crumb. Rick Griffin, Gilbert Shelton, Wes Wilson, Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse and much more!

Jina Brenneman, Curator of Exhibitions at the Harwood Museum of Art, states “Not surprisingly, the outlaw, seemingly expatriate state of New Mexico is a breeding ground for the ‘outsider’, the ‘unruly citizen’, the ‘underground artist’. The descriptions for these archetypes relate very directly to Post-Pop influences and Lowbrow subject matter. Cars, pin-ups, punk, rock and roll, comics, tattoo, prison art, graffiti, pulp, surfer, airbrushed – anything from the streets and of the people, art that embodies technical craftsmanship blended with fantastical imagery and visually dynamic narratives.”

Brenneman continues, “When we trace the lineage of these new expressions, we have seen cultural influences as widespread as Kustom Kar Kulture, Surfing and Street Art, Underground Comix and Rock Art to Tattoo and Saturday Morning Cartoons! Add to these populist forms the powerful influence of Pop Art and Surrealism, a renewed interest in narrative content (story telling) and a new aesthetic begins to emerge. Possibly the most compelling aspect of all of this has been how seemingly disparate parallel paths, bending to the subtle arc of history, have coalesced in this time and place where past, present and future converge! Kings and Queens of Cool!

Brenneman teamed up with artist Dennis Larkins and co-curators Esteban Bojorquez, Greg Moon, Toby Morfin and El Moises to create ¡Orale! The Kings and Queens of Cool. The exhibition will be accompanied by a 100-page full-color catalogue, designed by Esteban and Karen Bojorquez, documenting the artists in the exhibition.

We had a chance to catch up with Dennis Larkins who informed us that in addition, the show will include a small special exhibit of original vintage Rock Poster art, loaned by the Haight Street Art Center, including work from the late 60’s through the 70’s by Kelley and Mouse, Wes Wilson, David Singer, Lee Conklin, Rick Griffin and Victor Moscoso. As an added, and related, bonus there will also be a small group of original works by Underground Comics artists from the same period, loaned by Jacaeber Kastor, including R. Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Spain Rodriguez, Rick Griffin, S. Clay Wilson and Robert Williams.

Pictures from the Director’s Circles & VIP Preview Reception held on September 18, 2014

Exhibition Opening Events

Director’s Circles & VIP Preview Reception – Thursday, September 18, 5pm – 7pm
Alliance Members’ Opening Reception – Friday, September 19, 5pm – 7pm
Free Museum Admission – Saturday, September 20, 10am – 5pm

Drive In Night / Street Party with Car show, Live music, & Artist talk
Harwood Museum of Art & Ledoux Street Businesses – Saturday, September 20, 4 pm – 8 pm

Open Monday through Saturday: 10am – 5pm / Sunday: Noon – 5pm
Closed Monday November through March


The Harwood Museum of Art 238 Ledoux Street Taos, NM

Road Trip To The Fourth Dimension With Dennis Larkins September 4, 2014 at Sacred Gallery, New York City

September 4, 2014 - October 31, 2014, Sacred Gallery, New York City

The Art of Dennis Larkins

Curated by Les Barany

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 4th 8-11pm
Exhibition Dates: September 4th – October 31st.

Dennis Larkins, renowned for his stage design and illustration work for bands including The Grateful Dead and The Rolling Stones, returns to Sacred Gallery with his new exhibition, “Road Trip to the Fourth Dimension.” Larkins presents iconic images of America’s cultural past, borrowing heavily from the aesthetics of the Atomic Age and the Golden Age of Sci-Fi, to present at once a critique of America’s past, present, and past-futures. Aliens, mushroom clouds, and rocket ships mingle with the family unit through Larkins’ unique painted sculptural reliefs that present a field of depth and tangibility to his fantastic canvases.

September 4, 2014 - October 31, 2014, Sacred Gallery, New York City

When dinosaurs roamed the Earth and played loud rock music, Dennis Larkins was bringing set design out of the Paleolithic with revolutionary arena rock stage concepts. During a legendary period of rock music, under the aegis of promoter Bill Graham, Dennis brought a vision of monolithic drops to life in the form of towering painted backdrops and scrims.

Taking what he’d learned as a painter of stage backdrops for the San Francisco Opera, Dennis almost single-handedly designed and painted set decorations for The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones and Bill Graham’s annual “Day on the Green” festivals, such as the original legendary “Monsters of Rock” featuring Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Santana, and Journey, Today’s elaborate stages, with their pyrotechnics, banks of special lights, and shifting colors were born in the 70s, and Dennis Larkins was one of the earliest developers of these revolutionary new staging concepts.

Little did he know that his musical journey would lead back to his first love, painting, and the internal landscape of self-discovery and spiritual growth. For the next several years, perplexing images began to emerge from the depths of his psyche. By juxtaposing personal elements of symbol, metaphor and cultural iconography, he created a form of open-ended storytelling which offered for each viewer questions raised and answers cryptically unique to their own experience. He works in a style forged from both traditional and space age ingredients, painting sculpted relief on canvas and creating layered works of arresting depth and intense optical punch. His use of archetypes from retro-pop culture are metaphorical players in a scenario intended to illustrate the mysteries of our common life experience, including the poignancy of death and destruction, but also the principles of rebirth, wonder, absurdity, exhilaration and creative freedom. The dichotomy between all of these aspects, and more, being simultaneously present and available to experience in each moment is a thematic thread that consistently runs through Larkins’ work. He mixes metaphors for a living.

Dennis currently has designed 23 Moonalice posters in the series.

Sacred Gallery and its sister business, Sacred Tattoo, have been featured with the BBC, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, MTV, TLC, New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Daily News, various tattoo magazines, and many other forms of news and media.

Sacred Gallery NYC is conveniently located in Manhattan’s SoHo District at 424 Broadway on the northeast corner of Broadway and Canal. Take the N,Q,R, or J.

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Sacred Gallery 424 Broadway #2, New York City

September 4, 2014 - October 31, 2014, Sacred Gallery, New York City

Inside Gary Houston’s Voodoo Catbox by Vortex Music Magazine

Vortex Music Magazine interviews artist Gary Houston
Gary Houston has been screen printing posters by hand in Portland, Oregon for over 25 years, so we’re really excited to learn Vortex Music Magazine recently interviewed this amazing artist and human being. For those unfamiliar, Gary’s scratchboard style has provided the visual aethetic to many concert posters, including ten in Moonalice Poster Series.

Portraits of Portland Music: Gary Houston

A few Moonalice posters designed by Gary Houston:

Read the full story at

Gary created the art for the upcoming show this Friday at the Levon Helm Barn in Woodstock, NY with The Midnight Ramble Band.