The Sixties: Culture, Counterculture, Art

Humanities Seminars Course

The Sixties: Culture, Counterculture, Art

Professor Paul Ivey School of Art
WEDNESDAYS 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. January 23 - April 3, 2019. No class on March 6.
Dorothy Rubel Room



This course will explore the culture, counterculture, and art of the long decade of the 1960s. Our focus will center on youthful artists in the United States, beginning with Abstract Expressionism and ending with Performance art and what critic Lucy Lippard called the “dematerialization of the art object.” Social history, semiotic analysis, literary and film theory, and art history will inform class discussions. Themes include the Cold War and Beat culture, the rise of Minimalism and Pop Art, psychedelic experience, the prominence of advertising and the marketing of “cool,” student movements, censorship, Rock music culture, the Vietnam War, and hippie communal spirituality. 


PAUL IVEY, a winner of two Humanities Seminar Superior Teaching Awards, teaches modern and contemporary art in the School of Art at the University of Arizona. His research interests include the built environments of alternative American religions and spirituality in contemporary art. His most recent book is Radiance from Halcyon, A Utopian Experiment in Religion and Science (2013), a revealing history of a surprisingly influential theosophical utopian community.

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