Thomas Crow lecture: The Death and Life of Pop Art in the 1960s Counter-Culture

19 March, 2013
Bar opens 5.30 pm, event from 6.30 - 8.00pm


The Power Institute is proud to present in partnership with Sydney Ideas and the United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney, a lecture by international guest speaker Thomas Crow. in The Death and Life of Pop Art in the 1960s Counter-Culture Crow discussis the legacy of Pop and its influence in other areas of culture.

In 1960's Pop enlarged the capacity of fine art to channel deep but inchoate feelings in whole populations normally put off by the exclusivity of museums and galleries. But by the end of the decade, Pop seemed rapidly to fade, enduring as a set of fine individual careers but not longer a vital tendency still attracting young adherents. Or so it might have seemed. The success of Pop in crystalizing the ambient imagery of daily life challenged young designers, musicians, and filmmakers to apply the same acuity to their own work - in the process equipping themselves to address an enlarged, better-educated, and more self-aware audience among the young. No reckoning with Pop is complete if it fails to included designers on the order of Milton Glaser, Rick Griffin, and Roman Cieslewicz, musicians like the Byrds, the Who, Bob Dylan, and the Beatles, or directors like Jean-Luc Godard the John Schlesinger. The international counter-culture kept Pop current but in the process surpassed, dispersed, and ultimately obscured the sources.

Thomas Crow is Provostial Fellow and the Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York. Most recently, he served as Director of the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, and taught at several universities. Crow is the author of many books, including Modern Art in the Common Culture (1996); The Rise of the Sixties: American and European Art in the Era of Dissent (1996, 2005) and Emulation: Making Artists for Revolutionary France (1995). His numerous journal articles include: 'The Practice of Art History in America' in Daedalus (Spring 2006) and 'Marx to Sharks: The Art-Historical '80s' in Artforum (2003).


Location: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street, Sydney