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Elationists History Capt Muldoon

“Behold! Behind every calamity lies possibility!” Those were the words uttered by the young Miss VeryVery Morley (below, left), just moments after San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake and Great Fire.

Following the lead of the unsinkable Captain Muldoon (right), who faked his own death at sea to begin a new life as a painter, the Elationists collected the shattered remnants of Victorian homes and began constructing original musical instruments and artwork.

At intimate, all-night gatherings fueled by an irrepressible spirit (and mildly intoxicating chocolate elixirs), paintings, instruments, and new musical forms were developed and showcased. Unconcerned with convention or recognition, the Elationists’ were interested only in exploration, creation, and celebration of the moment. These gatherings became hotbeds of experimentation and innovation, attracting artists and visionaries of diverse, international backgrounds.

Very Very Morley E.C. Kollock's Textbook
Artists such as E.C. Kollock, who combined mathematical prowess with traditional South African mural painting, worked side by side with San Francisco natives like Bill Thicke and the Siren Sisters.

This creative explosion soon reached the public, culminating with the 1915 Pan Pacific International Expo, which slated the Elationists as its centerpiece. Aggravated by a wave of commercial exploitation and association with ideals they did not share, the Elationists backed out of the expo, infuriating the organizers and provoking the wrath of the conservative voices who quietly wrote the Elationists out of history.

The Centennial Celebration of the Elationists unveils the rediscovered stories and artistic treasures that have spent the last century hidden in obscurity.






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