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Flower Power: Threads from the 1960s

May 7 – July 27, 2018

In honor of this summer’s 1960s-themed Madison Reunion, this exhibition celebrates Flower Power. Just as the flower symbolized the hippies’ protest of the Vietnam War, it also symbolized designers’ protest of total abstraction in design. Flowers in all shapes and sizes were represented in the various design languages of the 1960s. Flattened, distorted flowers took their inspiration from Pop Art and Op Art, while psychedelia inspired flowers that were intensely colored and surreal. Other designers took their rebellion a step further, lashing out against these “modern” movements in favor of “traditional” and historic designs from around the world.

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