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Rewind: Art of the 1970s

November 01 through December 28, 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 1970s delves deeper into the artistic changes that began in the 1960s, revealing the multiple new directions that emerged. Still dealing with the political and social upheavals of the 1960s, artists in the 1970s searched for personal connections with their art. For example, the figure came back to the forefront with New Realism and the Photorealists portrayed lifelike subjects in exacting detail, pushing the fascination with everyday much further than Pop Art. Additionally, expanding from Minimalism, Conceptual Artist created works that elevated the idea of art while deemphasizing the object itself. All of these art movements of continued to push at the boundaries of art making as seen in Rewind: Art of the 1970s.

Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.


Sponsored by Aliant Bank.



Photography of installation at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts