Poster for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, California

Description (Brief):

Lynda Benglis’ poster is part of a fifteen poster set commissioned by the Los

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Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (LAOOC) for the Games of the XXIIIrd

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Olympiad in 1984. The signed limited edition (750) prints were created by both internationally known American artists and young emerging local artists selected by the Committee to commemorate the Games, and Los Angeles’ and the United States’ unique contribution to the contemporary art scene.

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The modern Olympic movement, founded by Baron de Coubertin, emphasized the development of a ‘total person’ and included art and a cultural Olympiad as a creative complement to athletic demonstrations. Posters have acted as a primary expression of the Games since the modern revival in 1896; each represented by an official poster. They have also served as announcements, souvenirs, fine art prints, and visual reminders throughout the history of the Olympics, ancient and modern.

Description (Brief)

Benglis (1941- ) was born in Louisiana and attended Newcomb College (now part of Tulane University). Moving to New York after earning her BFA Benglis became well known among her contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock, experimenting with similar modern techniques. She continues to live and work in New York, as well as Santa Fe.

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Benglis’ poster is a departure from the media she usually works in as a sculptor, but the forms present in the painting are similar to her often organic imagery and color selection. The shapes, repeating the Olympic rings in the center, are also representative of Benglis’ abstract style.

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The 1984 Summer Olympics, also known as the Games of the XXIII Olympiad were held in Los Angeles, California with 140 countries, 5,263 men and 1,566 women athletes participating. These Games were boycotted by fourteen countries, including the Soviet Union because of America’s boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. American Carl Lewis won four gold medals in track and field while Joan Benoit won gold for the U.S. in the first women’s marathon. Mary Lou Retton dominated women’s gymnastics becoming the first American to win the gymnastics all-around competition and the American men won the gold in the gymnastics team competition. With the addition of women’s only events of rhythmic gymnastics and synchronized swimming and the addition of women’s events in track and field, shooting and cycling, women athletes were just beginning to see results from Title IX legislation of twelve years prior. The United States won the medal count with 174.

Date Made: 1984

Location: Currently not on view

Web Subject: SportsLevel Of Sport: OlympicsRelated Event: Olympic Summer Games: Los Angeles, 1984


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Credit Line: Gift of Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (through Carol Daniels)

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1985.0297.18.11Accession Number: 1985.0297Catalog Number: 1985.0297.18.11

Object Name: poster, summer olympicsposter, olympicsposter

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 24 in x 36 in; 60.96 cm x 91.44 cm


Record Id: nmah_1764577

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