The Writing on the Wall 031223 012

Art Talk with Daniel Joseph Watkins and Bob Braudis

Artboard 1

Friday, April 21, 2023,
6pm - 7pm

705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Ver en el mapa

Included with Museum Admission / Free for MAH members

Join Freak Power curator Daniel Joseph Watkins along with legendary former Aspen Sheriff, Bob Braudis, as they share stories of Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson's life, work, and 1970 campaign for Pitkin County sheriff.

Freak Power tells the story of Thompson's plan to become sheriff, take control of Aspen and transform it from a conservative mining town into a mecca for artists, rebels and activists. Through original print material from the campaign, photographs and political art, Freak Power chronicles a little known period in Hunter S. Thompson's life, a period when he wrote prolifically about politics, the environment, drugs, and American values. As the conservatives and Thompson led liberals battled it out, the campaign became fraught with violence, accusations and moments of absurdity that bordered on fiction. As weird a tale as Thompson ever wrote, his own forays into politics may have been his wittiest and wisest escapade of all.

Image: Freak Power exhibition (installation view), courtesy of Fat City Gallery.

About the Speakers

Rachel Nelson


Daniel Joseph Watkins

Leer biografía
Luke A Fidler

Special Guest

Bob Braudis

Leer biografía

Sponsor the MAH

Get in touch and learn more about how you or your business can help keep this event fun, affordable, and community-oriented.