Acid heads turning on to LSD. Activists tuning in to issues of social injustice. Hippies dropping out of mainstream life. These and many other agents occupied the tumultuous landscape of the 1960s counterculture. Its antiauthoritarian and antiestablishment positions transformed not only society and politics but also art and culture. Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, which opens to the public on October 24, surveys the radical art, architecture, and design of the 1960s and 1970s, examining the work of those seeking alternatives to the strictures of mainstream society.
Curated by Andrew Blauvelt, the exhibition will launch with a broad range of programs, including lectures by visiting artists such as Haus-Rucker-Co and Emory Douglas; screenings of films by Jordan Belson, the Cockettes, and Drop City; and even an evening exploring the counterculture scene in 1960s Minneapolis. See below for our full slate of programs (scanned from our related events flyer) and click through for more information. And check back soon as we’ll be posting content from the exhibition catalogue, new interviews, and images of the exhibition.