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Explore 1960s Design

Spanning from Pop Art to psychedelic experimentations, the diverse works in this exhibition highlight the sprawling, yet interconnected, nature of art and design during the 1960s.

Pop & Op Art

The networks of exchange between artists and designers were open in the 1960s, as seen in the Pop and Op Art movements. Artists like Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol playfully translated popular culture in their bold prints. Op artist Edna Andrade and fashion designer John Stephen used color and geometric patterns to create works that feature optical illusions.

Jet Age & the Space Race

The 1960s saw developments in air and space travel permeating consumer culture. These objects convey the wonder of flying, the excitement of the first successful moon landing in 1969, and futuristic visions of life in space.


Artists and designers looked to technology to express the optimistic spirit of the era. New materials and processes revolutionized design, freeing it from tradition and allowing for increasingly abstract forms and affordable, mass-produced objects.


As politics and the fight against the establishment took to the streets, a youth movement emerged, seeking to create a society free from discrimination. The rise of this counterculture formed the basis for new creative experimentation in art, design, and music.

A variety of special events are happening in conjunction with this exhibition, for members and the public alike.

Family Festivals

Peace, Love & Collab
Sunday, May 6, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Performances: 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Free after Pay What You Wish admission

Come together at the Perelman Building: Take part in a collaborative creation inspired by the psychedelic 1960s, discover artist Jean Shin’s community-based installations, and then watch teamwork in action with improv group StoryUP!

​Family Festivals are generously supported by PNC Arts Alive. This festival is presented in partnership with Collab.


Member Open House
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Perelman Building
Membership Required
Free tickets required
Free for members, $10 for guests

​Explore the galleries after hours during this special event just for members. Experience three exhibitions (Keith Smith at Home, Design in Revolution, and Jean Shin: Collections) without the crowds, and chat with Museum staff to discover what happens behind the scenes.

​Transportation between the main building and the Perelman Building available
Light bites and refreshments available for purchase

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