The talk is an introduction to a new book, The Art of Return: The Sixties and Contemporary Culture (University of Chicago, 2019). The book examines the continued presence of the “long” 1960s (a period roughly spanning the late 1950s to the late 1970s) in culture and politics during the last twenty years, and the return to that time by artists, writers and filmmakers. Many of these practitioners were born during that era and harbor first and second-hand memories of that time. Growing up in the U.S., Western and Eastern Europe, China, and Africa, “Sixties children” recall the same period from dramatically different points of view–a revolutionary era that witnessed the end of colonialism, the Cultural Revolution, and the emergence of the Civil Rights, feminist, GLTBQ, and antiwar movements whose reverberations are still felt. The author was born in Springfield in 1962.
Presented by James Meyer, Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program.
Tickets available first-come, first-serve on the day of the lecture at the Welcome Center. The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. Free coffee available. Cookies provided courtesy of Big Y.
Images courtesy of the National Gallery of Art (artwork) and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (portrait of Meyer).