Back to the Garden | Photographs of the 1969 Woodstock Festival
August 9 @ 5:00 pm - September 14 @ 9:00 pm | FREE
Henry Diltz • John Dominis • Bill Eppridge • Elliot Landy • Jason Laure
Lisa Law • Ken Regan • Baron Wolman
OPENING RECEPTION August 9 | 5 to 8 pm
Fifty years after Woodstock, the festival is particularly interesting as a celebration and an embodiment of what people dreamed the sixties could be. At the end of a tumultuous decade, art and culture were redemptive spaces. Marking the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, this exhibition focuses on the audience, and their experience. The aim of this exhibition is to give the viewer a sense of Woodstock as a totally unique event born of a pivotal time. Back to the Garden examines Woodstock with an emphasis on the perspective of its attendees. Like the marches and protests of the era, Woodstock’s collective experience framed attendees as participants; festival-goers became more than bystanders in their own lives. Despite the organizers’ explicit efforts to preclude political expression at the festival the politics of creative expression helped bring the concerns of the era front and center. In 1969, the United States was grappling with volatile societal and cultural conversations, many of which continue today. Then, as now, Woodstock was a kaleidoscopic lens through which to view culture, history, and politics.
IMAGE DETAIL from Woodstock, photo by Baron Wolman