A time of significant social and political upheaval, the 1960s roared into the history books as an era of revolution. John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the Civil Rights Movement got into full swing, and the Vietnam War incited protests and riots all over the country. On top of it all, pop culture did an about face, ushering in a variety of creative expression that ran counter to what was traditionally considered to be art. It is the particularly transformative year of 1964 that the Walker Art Center is paying homage to with the exhibit, aptly named "1964." Roy Lichtenstein's comic-book-style paintings, Andy Warhol's consumer-culture art, and Carl Andre's minimalist sculpting techniques each played a role in this renovation of the art scene. With almost 100 works on display, "1964" will showcase the ways in which the Walker's collection represents this year in the creative logs of the past. Held in the Friedman Gallery, the exhibit tips its hat to an important period in the maturation of contemporary art. The opening-day gallery talk will feature thoughts from curator Siri Engberg at 7 p.m. this Thursday, March 25.
March 25-Oct. 24, 2010

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