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Richard Kallweit

West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965 – 1977

In the heady and hallucinogenic days of the 1960s and ’70s, a diverse range of artists and creative individuals based in the American West—from the Pacific coast to the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest—broke the barriers between art and lifestyle and embraced the new, hybrid sensibilities of the countercultural movement. The exhibition West of Centerilluminates the […]

Sep 29 - Jan 6, 2013

In the heady and hallucinogenic days of the 1960s and ’70s, a diverse range of artists and creative individuals based in the American West—from the Pacific coast to the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest—broke the barriers between art and lifestyle and embraced the new, hybrid sensibilities of the countercultural movement. The exhibition West of Centerilluminates the unique works of these individuals through videos, photographs, drawings, ephemera and other original and re-created objects and environments. The countercultural movement has typically been associated with psychedelic art, but West of Center presents psychedelia as only one dimension of the larger, artistically-oriented, socially-based phenomenon. The wider integration of art practices, political action and collaborative life activities is foundational throughout contemporary art and culture.

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