Carol Bove

Team Gallery | Grand Street

The 1960s—by which we usually mean the late ’60s and early ’70s—have been mythologized in a number of ways; exploited by conservatives, who have adopted the insurrectionary tactics originally developed by the Left; eulogized by the popular-music industry; and skewered by writers like Michel Houellebecq, whose novels explore the fallout of the sexual revolution. Artist Carol Bove was raised in Berkeley, California, the place bearing the most vivid date stamp from that era, and has said her interest in this period stems from a need to “think about” her family. Here, rather than assess the triumphs or failures of the period, she created a sort of anthropological rumination-by-exhibition, gently strumming the popular chords of the moment.

“Experiment in Total Freedom,” which included a variety of works, from wall drawings in silk thread to sculptural installations, focused on how the cultural

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