Eros In Action – A Brief Look at Erotic Posters from The AOUON Collection

A few years ago, while I was still a doctoral student at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, I began photographing, studying, and enjoying portions of the AOUON (All of Us or None) progressive poster collection assembed by Free Speech Movement veteran, author, social historian, and science teacher, Michael Rossman. Shortly after I began this erotological exploration, Michael was diagnosed with leukemia. After his death, the posters were dontated to the Oakland Museum of California. Lincoln Cushing, Michael’s friend and fellow poster enthusiast, photographed the entire collection and – as far as I know – is still the curator. The posters will be on display this year.

AOUON Poster Exhibition Flyer

Michael viewed his immense collection as a social and historical “lens” with which to view the constellation of progressive movements of his lifetime. He began to teach me to use this lens to view the history of the “Sexual Revolution” of the late 60s/early 70s. Rock concert posters with erotic imagery were a large part of the portion of the collection I was examining. I regret that we didn’t have enough time to finish this work together and I don’t imagine there is a way to resume a study of the posters.

I wrote about this experience in Carnal Nation.

And so I offer my PDF of the slide show I had begun to create, as an imperfect work in progress that may never be finished.

Eros in Action