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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cover of Ken Johnson's novel Are You Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art

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


$7 Members*

$15 non-Members 

*Free for Circle-level Members and up


Thursday, August 10, 2017 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm