Publication Date

Winter 2012


"Madhouse Messiah" takes a visual approach to key moments in the life of poet Allen Ginsberg between the years of 1948 and 1956. Rick's poster features a timeline of images representing moments such as Ginsberg's famous Blake vision, his mother's lobotomy, and the publication of "Howl." The timeline is juxtaposed with a word cloud from "Howl" and an image of a once-sterile room falling apart. Key visual elements:

  • Jarring image selections
  • Vertical timeline
  • Predominance of black and tan tones

This was created for the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (CURF) Undergraduate Research Symposium.



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Madhouse Messiah