Under the Influence: Art and Psychedelia in the 60s at NBMAA

August 10, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington St
New Britain, CT 06052
$7 Members, $15 Non-Members
New Britain Museum of American Art
860-229-0257 Ext 201 or 210

An Evening With…

Art Critic Ken Johnson, Under the Influence: Art and Psychedelia in the 60s

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Experience the ways in which artists of the 1960s such as the L.A. “Cool School” were influenced by the culture of their time.

Around 1965, millions of young Americans began exploring hallucinogenic drugs and a psychedelic pop culture. Psychedelia extended into the visual field in the form of rock posters and advertising for products, ranging from laundry detergent to airline travel. This same consciousness-expanding ethos of psychedelia influenced fine artists of the late 1960s, presenting itself most prominently in Pop Art.

Ken Johnson, author of Are You Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art, holds a B.A. in art from Brown University and an M.A. in studio art, with a concentration in painting, from the State University of New York at Albany. Throughout his career, he has written for publications including the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and Art in America.

5:30 PM Reception
6:00 PM Lecture