The 1960s may have been a decade of psychedelia past, but it was an awakening we harken to today.
Roy Lichtenstein’s “Crying Girl,” 1963, Offset lithograph, Purchased with the Haney Foundation Fund
In between a musical explosion with Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and The Beach Boys, there was an art upheaval, civil rights marches and anti-war movements. Yet, despite the political turmoil and artistic experimentations, there’s a cohesion between the elements, which can now be viewed for the very first time at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Design in Revolution: A 1960s Odyssey brings together art, politics and music with a collection of vintage rock-’n’-roll posters, works by Andy Warhol, objects inspired by pop art and records on loan from local radio station WMMR. “There’s just a real vibrancy to the material that is coming out of this particular decade,” notes exhibition organizer Juliana Rowen Barton, an Andrew W. Mellon graduate fellow. Among the rare and unforgettable pieces, Milton Glaser’s “Bob Dylan” poster, Seymour Chwast’s “End Bad Breath” anti-war poster and Dean Brown’s photographs from the Martin Luther King Jr. Funeral, 1968 series are all worth the ticket.