Strange Days: Vinyl Aesthetics of the Psychedelic Era
With its roots in San Francisco in the mid-1960s, the Psychedelic movement marked a shift in social consciousness, music, and art. The Psychedelic movement emerged in American counterculture as a response to the political and sociological climate created by the Vietnam War and the growing popularity of hallucinogenic drugs, advocated for by the Beat Generation before it. In particular, LSD, or acid, served as a catalyst for the movement, providing users with altered perceptions of reality, more vivid sensory experiences, and a sense of connectedness with nature and one another.
Brewing Identity: The Art of Craft Beer
“Brewing Identity: The Art of Craft Beer” takes a look at the art found on beer cans and bottle labels and the artists who create it. American craft breweries are rooted in the tradition of historic brewing styles while experimenting with innovative ingredients. While taste is what ultimately establishes a loyal customer base, label design is what brings bottles from the store shelf into the home. The use of beer labels today is more than a means of advertising, it is a preferred way to communicate and establish brand identity.
Looting, Hoarding, Collecting … Museums and Repatriation
From the spoils of war, to the issues of contemporary repatriation. Looting, Hoarding, Collecting explores the history of cultural property conflicts, the roles played in them by museums, and their lasting implications for the museum community and its constituencies. Societal acceptance of looting and hoarding, and the collecting of looted objects by museums have changed dramatically over the past decades, often leading museums of today to consider repatriating such artifacts.
Tagged: Exploring Modern Graffiti
“Tagged: Exploring Modern Graffiti” investigates the pervasiveness of graffiti in contemporary society, and considers both its artistic merit and transgressive nature. Graffiti defaces public and private property, but it is also found in some of the world’s most prestigious art galleries. While community officials battle against it, community organizers encourage it. Cities tighten their vandalism laws, yet companies glorify graffiti in their marketing campaigns. This blending of street, gallery, and pop culture aesthetics forces us to re-examine the definition of graffiti, which leads to this exhibition’s ultimate question: in the ever-evolving landscape of modern graffiti, is this form of expression an art or a crime?
The Green Scale: Weighing in on the Green Movement
"The Green Scale: Weighing in on the Green Movement" examines the successes, shortcomings, and impact of the green movement on our global village. The exhibition asks if the benefits of being green outweigh the disadvantages and invites visitors to examine both sides of the scale through the evidence provided.
Tattoo: An American Evolution
This traveling exhibition examines the origins and development of tattoos in American culture, focusing on the history of the American tattoo, stigmatization of tattoos, societal acceptance and mainstreaming, as well as modern developments in tattoo technology.
Moonlight Cocktails Are The Thing
This traveling exhibition delves into David F. Driesbach's 50-year career and the process of creating a print, by exhibiting prints, printing plates and working proofs (trial prints made before an image is completed).