#160 - Archiving and Referral Services (Infinity Goes Up On Trial Part II: Summer of Love Edition)
Continued from CR #155.
More new takes on Sixties nostalgia from the New York Times, this time in relation to the new exhibition, Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era, at the Whitney Museum.
In John Leland's "Welcome Back Starshine" (Arts and Leisure, 20 May 2007), artistic director Oskar Eustis described the Public Theater's plans to present hippie-informed Shakespeare in the Park and a musical performance of Hair.
This seems to be the central issue in the current use of the Sixties: Can the nostalgia for something such as the Summer of Love, itself a strange kind of instant memorialization of a half-real, half-manufactured historical moment -- already historically conscious and oddly dated in the instance of its explosive birth -- be progressive, or is it only regressive?
Eustis ponders how it might be so, while in another New York Times review of the exhibition, Holland Cotter merely falls into recycled clichés.
15 June 2007