Public Opening: Holy Barbarians

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Enjoy beverages and music for the opening celebration of Holy Barbarians: Beat Culture on the West Coast. This event is free and open to the public.

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Amid the confidence and abundance that pervaded mainstream American culture following the Second World War, a number of younger writers, artists, and musicians questioned the optimism and conformity of the era. Holy Barbarians: Beat Culture on the West Coast brings together work by California artists such as Wallace Berman, Jay DeFeo, and Ed Kienholz, whose social critiques eventually would be incorporated into the counterculture and social protest movements that shaped the following decades. Their art, sometimes imbued with an enigmatic spirituality, combined influences from jazz, poetry, and popular culture into a visually diverse array of media that emphasized spontaneity and innovation over aesthetic or technical concerns. These powerful drawings and assemblages from 1955 to 1970 will include rarely exhibited works from the Menil's permanent collection as well as loans from other institutions and private collections. Holy Barbarians is curated by Associate Curator Clare Elliott.

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