Flower Power: Threads from the 1960s on Display Until July 27th

The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is housed right across from the Ruth Davis Design Gallery on the first floor of Nancy Nicholas Hall. Every 10-12 weeks, the displays in the large windows are rotated out and a new textiles are unveiled. On May 7, floral prints from the 1960s were displayed.

Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection’s current exhibition “Flower Power” displays flowery textiles from the 60s. Honoring this summer’s 1960 themed Madison Reunion, these psychedelic flowers symbolize the hippies’ protest of the Vietnam War and the designer’s protest of total abstraction in design. The different shapes and sizes these flowers had exemplified the various design languages that were prevalent in the 60s. While flattened, distorted flowers took inspiration from pop art and op art, the psychedelia took inspiration from the intensely colored and eccentric flowers. Other designers showed their rebellion by favoring and incorporating “traditional” and historic designs from around the world instead of using more “modern” movements as inspiration.

Stop by the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection to see works from Annika Rimala and other various designers from the decade.

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