Through May 21

“Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia” arrives at Berkeley’s BAMPFA

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"Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia" arrive's at Berkeley's BAMPFA. (Courtesy Sheila Levrant de Bretteville)

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, which celebrates the design objects and artworks created during the 1960s radical counterculture era, is making a West Coast appearance at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) this semester.

The multimedia-rich exhibition arrives in the Bay Area after a short stint at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and an inaugural showing at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. BAMPFA, recently relocated and expanded in bombastic fashion by New York City architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is a fitting location for the out-there works on display, which for this showing will include more than 70 Bay Area–specific artifacts highlighting the confluence of high modernism and counterculture modes during that time. The exhibition, whose Berkeley run is curated by Lawrence Rinder, the director of BAMPFA, and Greg Castillo, associate professor of architecture at UC Berkeley, will run in parallel to Hippie Modernism: Cinema and Counterculture, 1964–1974, a four-month-long film series organized by Kate MacKay, associate film curator.

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center Street, Berkeley, California
Through May 21, 2017

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