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JOHN MURPHY, PhD Art and the Counterculture in 1960s Woodstock

August 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free

Woodstock: the word is shorthand for the 1960s counterculture. Artists as well as writers and musicians contributed to Woodstock’s reputation as a bohemian enclave. As early as 1952 experimental composer John Cage debuted his (in)famous 4’33” — four-and-half minutes of silence. Inspired by Cage, avant-garde artist Allan Kaprow staged a 1962 “Happening” in the forests outside Woodstock for which sculptor Eva Hesse made her first three-dimensional piece. Gerd Stern, an intermedia pioneer and founder of the experimental art collective USCO, moved to Woodstock in 1964. In the late 1960s New York School painter Philip Guston moved to Maverick Road to reinvent his practice. This lecture will explore Woodstock as a ferment of art, experimentation, and creativity in the 1960s, a period in which artists as much as writers and musicians contributed to a growing counterculture opposed to mainstream values.

The program is a partnership between the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, the Historical Society of Woodstock, Maverick Concerts, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and the Woodstock Artists Association.

Details

Date:
August 4
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
http://www.woodstockguild.org/performance/

Organizer

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
Phone:
8456792079
Email:
events@woodstockguild.org
Website:
www.woodstockguild.org

Venue

Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
36 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498 United States
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Phone:
845 679 2079
Website:
http://www.woodstockguild.org/nataliemerchant.html

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