1960s: A Survey of the Decade

  • Jul 14, 2018 – Feb 17, 2019
  • The Gregory D. Ivy Gallery, The Weatherspoon Guild Gallery
Robert Stanley, "James Brown", 1965, screenprints on Color-aid paper, 24
x 18 in. each. Weatherspoon Art Museum; Museum purchase with funds from
the Benefactors Fund, 1965.

Drawn from the museum’s collection, this exhibition highlights various art styles and social issues that emerged in America during the turbulent decade of the 1960s. Paintings by figurative artists such as Philip Pearlstein and Alex Katz will hang alongside abstract compositions by Raymond Parker, Larry Rivers, and Al Held. Conceptualist works by Shusaku Arakawa and Lee Lozano will serve as counterpoints to Robert Rauschenberg’s socio-political painting, Straw-Boss. The museum will also display works on paper and sculpture by many of the leading artists of that time. Boisterous prints by Robert Stanley, printed in bright colors on Day-Glo paper, glorify some of the important musical icons of the decade: the Beatles, James Brown, Dionne Warwick, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, and the Shirelles. Other works on paper include photographs of New York’s countercultural denizens by Diane Arbus and Larry Clark, Pop prints by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, and anti-war sentiments by James Rosenquist and Nancy Spero. Several sculptures created during this volatile and evolving era will demonstrate the focus on new media, such as the adoption of neon as an art material.

Organized by Elaine D. Gustafson, Curator of Collections.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the campus-wide initiative 1960s: Exploring the Limits.

Related Program:

Noon @ the ‘Spoon Public Tour • Oct 9 @ 12pm

We have six galleries located on the first and second levels of the museum, view our gallery map.