Rewind: Art of the 1960s
August 30 through October 26, 2014
The Rewind series of exhibitions focuses on pieces from the MMFA Permanent Collection to illustrate significant art movements from three key decades in contemporary American art: the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Each exhibition reveals the important artists, styles, processes, and movements that emerged during each decade to have a lasting impact on the direction of art.
During this period art making experienced a seismic shift, moving away from the gestural forms of Abstract Expressionism toward styles that embodied both representational and abstract forms. This allowed artists to reflect and investigate identity while also exploring views on social and political events occurring in the world. A fascination with real life and with the media took hold.
Rewind: Art of the 1960s explores the decade that set in motion various art movements that altered art production, leading to the art we see today. As the nation turbulently swirled with political and social events, artists began to experiment; their art grew and shifted to keep pace with these social changes. Major movements that came to the forefront during this period include Pop art, inspired by the media and popular culture; Op Art, which utilized simple lines, shapes, and bands or blocks of color that pulse and shimmer; and Minimalism, a movement celebrating the reductive qualities of color and form itself. On view are works by artists from the MMFA Permanent Collection that exemplify these artistic advances.
Photography of installation at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts