Mao-Hope March shows a demonstration organized by Fahlström that took place on September 1, 1966, in New York. A group of young people marched down Fifth Avenue, along Central Park, carrying placards with no text, six with photographs of the American comedian Bob Hope, and one of Mao Tse-tung, chairman of the Communist Party of China. Radio personality Bob Fass recorded people’s comments and the answers to the question “Are you happy?” The casual and often humorous answers reveal the cultural concerns and political preoccupations of 1960s America. The film was made for inclusion in Fahlström’s performance work Kisses Sweeter Than Wine, presented as part of the festival 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York in 1966. By 1973, however, the artist had decided to present the film as an independent work.
Gallery label from From the Collection: 1960-69, March 26, 2016 - March 12, 2017.