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How It Got That Way by Peter Schjeldahl (1966)

“Most shows that are ‘about’ something are boring even when the works in them are interesting. Such exhibitions usually are the bright ideas of museum functionaries who see it as their duty to educate or otherwise to molest the public. … Continue reading

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Access to Success – Whole Earth Catalog

“Bookstore managers didn’t know quite what to make of the oversized 64-page volume that showed up in their stores in the fall of 1968. It was called the ‘Whole Earth Catalog‘ and subtitled ‘Access to Tools.’ For $5, buyers got … Continue reading

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1968: Art and Politics in Chicago

“In the weeks leading up to the convention, the city prepared for battle, even surrounding the site of the convention, the International Amphitheater, with barbed wire. It appeared Daley intended to make good on his promise: ‘[a]s long as I … Continue reading

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Robert Motherwell

“Robert Motherwell (January 24, 1915 – July 16, 1991) was an American abstract expressionist painter, printmaker, and editor. He was one of the youngest of the New York School, which also included Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark … Continue reading

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The reign of Captain Beefheart and how he changed rock music forever

“Don Van Vliet, or more famously known as ‘Captain Beefheart’, was born today, January 15th, in 1941. Over the span of 18 years making music as Captain Beefheart and with his Magic Band; he fused blues, free jazz, and the … Continue reading

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Lenny Bruce

“Leonard Alfred Schneider (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), better known by his stage name Lenny Bruce, was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, and satirist. He was renowned for his open, freestyle and critical form of comedy which … Continue reading

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The Press of Freedom: An Ofay’s Indirect Address to LeRoi Jones – Vivian Gornick (1965)

“Four men — each a well-known practitioner of one of the arts — appeared on a recent Monday night in the small basement room of the Village Vanguard to address an overflowing crowd on the grandly entitled subject ‘Art vs. … Continue reading

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Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O’Keeffe

“What shall we read before bed? Georgia O’Keeffe was a fan of cookbooks, telling her young assistant Margaret Wood that they were ‘enjoyable nighttime company, providing brief and pleasant reading.’ Among the culinary volumes in her Abiquiu, New Mexico ranch home … Continue reading

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An Anthology of Chance Operations (1963)

“An Anthology of Chance Operations (An Anthology) was an artist’s book publication from the early 1960s of experimental neodada art and music composition that used John Cage–inspired indeterminacy. It was edited by La Monte Young and DIY co-published in 1963 … Continue reading

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Whaam! – Roy Lichtenstein (1963)

“Whaam! is a 1963 diptych painting by the American artist Roy Lichtenstein. It is one of the best-known works of pop art, and among Lichtenstein’s most important paintings. Whaam! was first exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York … Continue reading

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