American Art in the 1960s

Date: Monday, July 15 at 7 PM


57 minutes, English, 1972. Directed by Michael Blackwood.

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Pop culture and modern media flooded the art world throughout the 1960’s, giving artists new means and methods for a cultural revolution. Leading the scene of experimental and avant garde art were innovators such as Robert Rauschenberg, George Segal, Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol. American Art in the 1960’s follows said artists and many others as they venture through the movements of pop art, abstract expressionism, collage, sculpture and Expressionistic Cubism. Their audience followed along loyally as the artists dove into new imagery that held a mirror up to society and examined the roots of culture.

Narrator and writer, Barbara Rose makes the insightful observation: “As art was integrated into American life, it became more difficult to shock the public. Serious, profound, frivolous, absurd and ultimately tragic, the contradictions and paradoxes of the Sixties were reflected in American art of that revolutionary decade.” With no fear of experimenting with new mediums, the artists discuss the inspiration behind their work and the desire they feel to create.

Featuring profiles of Carl Andre, John Cage, Dan Flavin, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Irwin, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Edward Kienholz, Roy Lichtenstein, Morris Louis, Robert Morris, Ken Noland, Claes Oldenburg, Jules Olitski, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, Ed Ruscha, George Segal, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, and critic Clement Greenberg.


Monday, July 15, 2019 at 7 PM. Suggested donation at the door: $5 members, $7 nonmembers includes complimentary beverage. Watch the trailer online.

57 minutes, English, 1972. Directed by Michael Blackwood.

The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art recognizes that film is a visual art form and is delighted to bring you a series of outstanding documentaries inspired by our current exhibitions. Films screen the third Monday of each month at 7 PM.

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