“From Counterculture to Cyberculture” took its title from Fred Turner’s influential 2006 book, which demonstrated the unexpected symbiosis between the Bay Area counterculture of the 1960s and the computer industry that emerged in nearby Silicon Valley over the same decade. Guest-curated by David Lewis and including nine artists represented by both his New York gallery and Altman Siegel, the exhibition engaged with the overlapping legacies of alternative DIY culture and digital utopianism. Coming on the heels of “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia,” a major survey of 1960s and ’70s art and design organized by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (for which Turner’s book also served as a conceptual touchstone), this show explored the ways in which the dreams and delusions of this earlier moment continue to inform our digital culture today.
Despite its focus on technology, the
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