Conversations on Art: Vision and Violence, Whitney Museum July 12th

Writer William T. Vollmann and photographer Richard Drew address where images of brutality meet the limits of representation. This lecture is part of “Culture and Conflict: Then and Now,” a two-part series, in conjunction with Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era, exploring cultural production in the shadow of turbulent politics, from 1967-2007.

The exhibition is on view May 24-September 16, 2007.

From the website:
“Summer of Love revisits the unprecedented explosion of contemporary art and popular culture brought about by the civil unrest and pervasive social change of the 1960s and early 70s, 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.”

Admission for this lecture: $8; senior citizens and students with valid ID $6. All programs are free for Members. Advance sales are strongly recommended, as space is limited. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum Admissions Desk or by visiting Inquiries: Email or call (212) 570-7715. For member reservations, please email

Click here to download the Summer of Love Podcast, a 9-minute podcast produced by the Whitney Museum of American Art in conjunction with the exhibition “The Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era.”

This podcast explores the unique mix of 60’s culture and Vietnam-War era politics that led to 1967’s so-called Summer of Love. Program includes interviews with poet and musician Ed Sanders and Professor Todd Gitlin. Narrated by Kathryn Potts, Head of Exhibition Interpretation. An Antenna Audioguide production.

There is also terrific film series in conjunction with this exhibition as well – check out the schedule at this link for the show (the website is not to be missed, especially for music fans).

“Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era” was organized by the Tate Liverpool.

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