A former student of Kurt's recently provided this poster announcing a Kurt von Meier event at the Douglas Gallery in Los Angeles in 1968, entitled "L.A. Party". It's a classic Kurt conception of its time; the L.A. riots and student anti-war demonstrations were all over the news, and the title "L.A. Party" is simultaneously ironic social commentary and invitation. Close inspection of the poster shows strong horizontal scan lines, like the enlargement of the image on a black and white television tube. Kurt appreciated Marshall McLuhan's take on media and TV - "The medium is the message" - and his poster doubles down on TV coverage of riots, wars and demonstrations as a form of "entertainment."
A semiotic analysis of the image, and Kurt deeply appreciated semiotics, reveals three L.A. cops in helmets "man-handling" a petite woman, who is faceless in the image. The cop on the right is looking at the cop on the left somewhat anxiously, who (stripes of authority on his uniform) seems to be either directing the activity or interceding; the expression on his face shows some amusement. Meanwhile, "the kid," probably a rookie not much older than the young woman, is doing the work of handcuffing. To the left of the young woman's hair one can see a small image of a black woman, hands cuffed behind her back, being walked down the sidewalk by two helmeted policemen. If he were present, Kurt might remark on the way some things never change.
The image, Kurt would have noted, also displays a classical composition employing diagonals forming a triangle; the young woman is a the lowest point of an inverted triangle in the center of the image, and the two older cops each occupy the corners of the upper points of the triangle.