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West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 19651977 Paperback – November 2, 2011
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"West of Center is an overview of the rich and complicated countercultural moment when different artistic practices shared a belief in and dedication to alternative methods and materials. From Drop City to Anna and Lawrence Halprin’s workshops, from Paolo Soleri to Newton and Helen Harrison’s ecological projects, this volume makes connections across disciplines and describes multi-faceted influences on the art of today." —Chip Lord, Founder and partner with Ant Farm, 1968 - 1978
About the Author
Elissa Auther is associate professor of contemporary art at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She is the author of String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art (Minnesota, 2010).
Adam Lerner is director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and chief animator in the Department of Fabrications.
Lucy R. Lippard is an internationally known writer, activist, and curator. She is the author of eighteen books on contemporary art and has written art criticism for Art in America, The Village Voice, and Z Magazine, among other publications.
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Earth Catalogue and rise of Environmentalism. The reader will soon appreciate the excitement and creativity of the era. While particular experiments were short-lived, most movements developed and blossomed into mainstream life. How many now senior scientists, computer and internet geeks, environmental engineers, cinematographers and multi-media artists began their informal investigations in the crucible of the counterculture? The editors desired to provide evidence that art history is not only what New York museums and East Coast academics of the formal avant-garde determined. The roots of today's art may also be found in this book.
Of course, I'm biased. I was there. I was one of the moving creators from, I'd say, 1963 on. One aspect of my work is mentioned in some detail in the Handmade Genders section by Julia Bryan-Wilson, while the larger part of it is intermingled in the very informative and well-presented "Introduction ... Consciousness and Encounters at the Edge of Art" by editors Auther and Lerner.
Inspired by this book and my own frustration with the misunderstanding of those times, I am beginning work on a blog which will connect those times to these, heavily dependent on imagery and stories. This will probably be located sometime by July, 2012 in a website for Native Funk & Flash, which is being put together as a student project in Seattle, not at my suggestion. Turns out young people are finally interested in what really happened!
--Alexandra (Jacopetti) Hart