Tag Archives: Counterculture

The First Contact Sheet of the Counterculture

“It was a typical Village Voice front page from 1967: Over the left two columns, a street portrait of the ‘dean of American pacifists,’ A.J. Muste; over the right two, an action shot of police arresting Charlotte Moorman, the Juilliard-trained … Continue reading

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The miniskirt myth

“Mary Quant has often been credited with ‘inventing’ the miniskirt – the most era-defining look of the 1960s. In reality, the introduction of ‘above the knee’ skirts was a gradual process. Contemporary photographs and surviving dresses show that it took … Continue reading

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Stonewall riots

Stonewall Bar 1969. Disturbance on Sheridan Square, NYC. Scenes at Christopher St. and 7th Ave. South with police trying to clear crowds. “The Stonewall riots (also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion) were a series of … Continue reading

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Bread and Puppet Theater in Gotham

Uncle Fatso, Bread and Puppet Museum, Glover Vermont “On May 15, 1962, in New York City’s Judson Memorial Church, an audience assembled to see Peter Schumann’s first production in the United States, Totentanz, The Dance of Death. Schumann, a German immigrant … Continue reading

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LSD Turns 75: What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

March 25, 1966: LIFE Magazine “It would be another 24 years until Jimi Hendrix would release ‘Are You Experienced,’ but Albert Hofmann became the first person in history who could conceivably answer in the affirmative to that when he discovered LSD’s … Continue reading

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Vietnam, Through the Eyes of Artists – Holland Cotter

A detail of Leon Golub’s “Vietnam II” (1973), at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “Whatever happened to ‘protest art’ — issue-specific, say-no-to-power-and-say-it-loud art? Here we are, embroiled, as a nation, in what many in the art world regard as a … Continue reading

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Protesting the War — In Your Best Dress

Back in the days before Google AdChoices and Craig’s List, advertisements fueled newspapers — a 120-page issue might be 75 percent ads and 25 percent editorial. Design directors, photographers, cartoonists, pasteup artists, and editors labored mightily to make sure that … Continue reading

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