Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia

Exhibition, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA, 24 October 2015 – 28 February 2016


From October 24, 2015 until February 28, 2016
Examined here is the intersection of art, architecture, and design within the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s. A time of great upheaval, this period witnessed a variety of radical experiments that challenged societal and professional expectations, overturned traditional hierarchies, explored new media and materials, and formed alternative communities and new ways of living and working together. During this key moment, many artists, architects, and designers individually and collectively began a search for a new kind of utopia, whether technological, ecological, or political, and with it offered a critique of the existing society. Loosely organised around Timothy Leary’s famous mantra Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out, the exhibition charts the evolution of the period.