Sixties @ MOMA
The soundtrack of The Sixties still gets enthusiastic play. Which songs remind you most of this decade?
Top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1960s are:
1. The Twist – Chubby Checker
2. Hey Jude – The Beatles
3. The Theme From A Summer Place – Percy Faith and His Orchestra
4. Tossin and Turnin – Bobby Lewis
5. I Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
6. I’m A Believer – The Monkees
7. Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In – The 5th Dimension
8. Sugar, Sugar – The Archies
9. I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
10. Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis Presley
The Sixties also inspired risk-taking and inspired collaboration amongst visual artists. Now, New York’s Museum of Modern Art has gathered a selection of their extensive Sixties collection into a year by year exhibit on the 4th floor.
These MOMA paintings, photographs, sculptures, drawings, videos and more, the curators say, ‘are organized through the lens of the 1960’s, when interdisciplinary artistic practice flourished and traditional mediums were radically transformed. Artistic changes paralleled sociopolitics upheavals around the globe, and these seismic shifts reach to the present moment.’
In our shorter New York trip this month, we are excited to check out some of the more than 350 works in MOMA’s From The Collection: 1960-1969.
Here are snippets from some of the inclusions by year. You can see the exhibit at MOMA if you are in New York sometime before March 12, 2017.
Andy Warhol. Water Heater.
Robert Brownjohn. Preliminary design for cover of Architectural & Engineering News.
Alex Katz. Passing.
Andy Warhol. Gold Marilyn Monroe.
Cy Twombly. Leda and the Swan.
Gordon Parks. Harlem Rally, New York.
James Rosenquist. F-111
Rudolf Schwarzkogler. 1st Action
Eva Hesse. Ringaround Arosie
Oyvind Fahlstrom. Eddie (Sylvie’s Brother) in the Desert
Etel Adnan. Untitled
Mason Williams. Bus.
Richard Avedon. John Lennon. Ringo Starr.
Pierre Paulin. Ribbon Chair
Dieter Roth. Literature Sausage (Literaturwurst)
Robert Rauschenberg. Sky Garden from Stoned Moon Series.
Written by Elizabeth Newton