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Opening-Day Panel: Hippie Modernism

Part of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia

Join exhibition curator Andrew Blauvelt for an overview of the exhibition’s themes and ideas. He will be joined by professors Greg Castillo (UC Berkeley), moderator Ross Elfline (Carleton College), Simon Sadler (UC Davis), and Felicity Scott (Columbia University)—noted scholars on the countercultural production of the period and contributors to the exhibition catalogue—for presentations, a panel discussion, and an audience Q&A.

About the Speakers

  • Andrew Blauvelt is director of Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He is the curator of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, which he organized for the Walker Art Center as senior curator of design, research, and publishing. As curator of architecture and design at the Walker since 2000, he has organized several major traveling exhibitions, including Strangely Familiar: Design and Everyday Life (2003); Some Assembly Required: Contemporary Prefabricated Houses (2005), with the Carnegie Museum of Art, Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes (2008); and with the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Graphic Design: Now in Production (2011).

  • Greg Castillo is an architectural historian and associate professor at the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, and a research associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. His research has focused on the politics of design in the early Cold War–era as well as during the counterculture moment that followed. Castillo is the author of numerous articles, anthology chapters, and the monograph Cold War on the Home Front: The Soft Power of Midcentury Design (University of Minnesota Press, 2010).

  • Ross Elfline is an assistant professor of art history at Carleton College, where he offers courses in the history and theory of art and architecture since 1945. His current research focuses on Radical Architecture in Italy, Austria, Britain, and America in the 1960s and ’70s, with particular emphasis on the Italian avant-garde collective Superstudio, the subject of his current book manuscript. He has published widely on Superstudio and recently authored an article focusing on the “Conceptual Architecture” issue of Design Quarterly, published by the Walker Art Center in 1970.

  • Simon Sadler teaches the history and theory of architecture, design, and urbanism at the University of California, Davis, where he is a professor in the department of design. He is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. His publications include Archigram: Architecture without Architecture (MIT Press, 2005); Non-Plan: Essays on Freedom, Participation and Change in Modern Architecture and Urbanism (Architectural Press, 2000; coedited with Jonathan Hughes); and The Situationist City (MIT Press, 1998).

  • Felicity D. Scott is an associate professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she also serves as director of the PhD program in architecture (history and theory) and as codirector of the program in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCP). Scott is the author of Architecture or Techno-Utopia: Politics after Modernism (MIT, 2007), Living Archive 7: Ant Farm (ACTAR Editorial, 2008), and Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counter-Insurgency (forthcoming from Zone Books). She was also a founding coeditor of Grey Room.


Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia is organized by the Walker Art Center, and assembled with the assistance of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The exhibition is made possible by generous support from the Martin and Brown Foundation, the Prospect Creek Foundation, Annette and John Whaley, and Audrey and Zygi Wilf. Support for the exhibition catalogue is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Walker Art Center publications. Media partner Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

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