LINCOLN, NE.- Peace, Love, and the Psychedelic Sixties, an exhibition
drawn from of artworks in the Sheldon Museum of Art collection that
were created in the 1960s, opened recently.
The exhibition includes three elements. The largest component offers
artworks that express the mythologized vision of the 1960s still
alive in the popular imagination. These works are colorful,
dream-like and even psychedelic. They give the sense of
experimentation, vigor and youthful energy associated with the era.
In protest of the Vietnam War, hundreds of thousands of Americans
rallied in the streets in the late-1960s. The exhibition also
includes a Vietnam portfolio with poetry and art created in 1967 to
protest the war. Many artists dissented through print media: from Ad
Reinhardt's appeal to United States leaders to end the violence
expressed in words printed on airmail stationery to Louise Nevelson's
Music was a central form of expression in the 1960s. Musicians
participated in Civil Rights rallies and anti-war protests. Large
crowds gathered to hear groups such as the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, the
Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones. The exhibition's third element
is a series of music posters created by Family Dog in San Francisco
to advertise upcoming concerts and appearances. Posters selected for
the exhibition document the range of creative expression using color
and psychedelic designs and graphics.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts
Center will present 1960s films in its Movies on the Green series
beginning Tuesday, July 17, and running for six consecutive weeks.