New York

“Counterculture”

Exit Art

“Counterculture,” a survey of the last thirty years of “Alternative Information from the Underground Press to the Internet,” displayed some 1,000-plus items organized around such general themes as “Students, Youth, and the Rise of the Underground Press,” “Black Panthers and Third World Struggles,” “Feminism and Gay Liberation,” and “Punk Subculture and Zines.” Walking through this exhibition, fresh and full of discoveries, was at times like browsing through the drawers of a Wünderkammer. Those new to the material could familiarize themselves with “alternative information,” while those more familiar with or perhaps active in one or more of these territories may have felt like Walter Benjamin unpacking his library.

Unfortunately, the sheer size of the show dictated installation practices that more often than not rendered the material mute. The walls were covered with posters, newspapers, and

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