14 September 2007

Summer of Love at the Whitney comes to an end

I think I may've blogged about this before but now it's almost over; it ends this Sunday!

The Summer of Love exhibit revisits the unprecedented explosion of contemporary art and popular culture brought about by the civil unrest and pervasive social change of the 1960's and early 70's, when a new psychedelic aesthetic emerged in art, music, film, architecture, graphic design, and fashion. The exhibition includes paintings, photographs and sculptures by Richard Avedon, Jimi Hendrix, and Andy Warhol, among others. As well as a rich selection of important posters, album covers and underground magazines. A special emphasis is placed on environments as well as on film, video and multimedia installations. The art in the exhibition is conceptualized through a wealth of documentary material highlighting events, people and places; from the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival to Timothy Leary to the UFO nightclub in London.

Well, looks like this is the last weekend for this shindig. Whitney Museum is located at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street. Admission is $15

1968 was a real hoot...

  • Fillmore East opens in New York
  • Robert E.L. Masters and Jean Houston, Psychedelic Art
  • Tom Wolfe‘s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test chronicles the exploits of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters.
  • Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey is released
  • Yellow Submarine, an animated film featuring The Beatles, is released.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated on April 4.
  • Student uprising sees 30,000 students clash with police in Paris. Workers in France join students in a general strike.
  • Robert Kennedy is shot in Los Angeles on June 5; he dies the next day.
  • Riots follow a police raid on the Stonewall Inn tavern in New York, ushering in the gay rights movement.
  • Violent clashes between demonstrators and police at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago are broadcast nationwide.


  • Art Workers’ Coalition founded in New York
  • Dennis Hopper stars in Easy Rider
  • John Lennon and Yoko Ono honeymoon at the Amsterdam Hilton with a “Bed-In for Peace.”
  • “Battle of People’s Park” at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Woodstock !
  • Altamont !


  • The Beatles split up.
  • Hendrix OD's
  • Janis Joplin OD's
  • National Guardsmen shoot dead four anti-war demonstrators at Kent State University, Ohio.

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