“1967: At the Crossroads”

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania

“1967: At the Crossroads” was an unusual survey that offered a serious appraisal of the ’60s through a cross section of what its curator, Janet Kardon, considers a pivotal year within a revolutionary ten-year span. The works of 36 artists—all begun, first exhibited, or completed in 1967—were gathered together to evoke the zeitgeist of 20 years ago. Together, they represented Minimalism, post-Minimalism, Conceptualism, Pop, Color Field, and earthworks, all at different points of influence and development. Also included were some amusing and pertinent objects that threw the artworks into broader relief: a Betsey Johnson minidress; an issue of Aspen magazine assembled by Brian O’Doherty; and a grid of Plexiglass magazine racks containing various magazines from 1967, plus three primary-colored beanbag chairs on which to sprawl while leafing through them.

Given the complexities of its one-year

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