PRINT April 1981

Last Call at Max’s

BETWEEN 1965 AND 1974, Max’s Kansas City was the central meeting place for the personalities, professions and mixtures of mediums that characterized the culture of the period. Painters, poets, photographers, filmmakers, musicians, sculptors, underground actors, art critics, curators, dealers and collectors convened at Max’s, mixing with fashion designers, fashion photographers, models, Hollywood actors and actresses, film directors, politicians, millionaires and “ordinary” people.

The 1960s was a period of social and esthetic mobility, a time when boundaries between the art world and the rest of the world were in flux, with the outside world wanting entrée to art and artists’ newfound cachet, while artists were seeking greater integration into society. Thanks to the Beatles and the consequent anglophilia, new popular music and fashions were spotlighted in the mass media, heightening the

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