That '70s Show

June 23 - September 17, 2017

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This exhibition draws on the amusing nostalgia for the “decade that taste forgot,” while showing a complicated portrait of art and identity in America.

This exhibition gives us a chance to explore rarely seen works from a decade-sized slice of the CMA’s collection of contemporary art. That '70s Show draws on the amusing nostalgia for the “decade that taste forgot,” while showing a complicated portrait of art, current events, and identity in America. In contemporary art, the lingering effects of hard-edge modernism rubbed elbows with the messiness of tie-dye while pop art’s consumerist legacy existed alongside the simplicity movement. It was a time that claimed equal rights for all people and all forms of artmaking, from collage to op art. This exhibition is both a meaningful examination of art and history and a light and fun summer viewing experience.

Learn more about the exhibition with our multimedia tour featuring in-depth discussions with experts from both inside and outside the art world.

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From the Exhibition

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Basket

K. David Brown

Basket ( 1972)

K. David Brown

mixed media (pencil, ink, enamel) on paper

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Union Mixer

Colleen Browning

Union Mixer (1976)

Colleen Browning

lithograph in colors on Rives BFK paper

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I Dreamed I Ran for Governor

Alice Hendrickson

I Dreamed I Ran for Governor (c. 1971)

Alice Hendrickson

mixed media collage

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Two Images

Victor Pasmore

Two Images (1975)

Victor Pasmore

etching and aquatint

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Blue Dominance

Bridget Riley

Blue Dominance (1977)

Bridget Riley

screenprint in colors on BFK Rives paper

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Rose Room

Phyllis Sloane

Rose Room (1979)

Phyllis Sloane

screenprint in colors

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A Moment to Soar

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We knew nothing about a mysterious lithographic portrait that I included in That '70s Show titled Muntu, but it was one of those striking gems that just had to be in the exhibition. The print came to the museum as a purchase prize from the Dutch Folk Art Association’s 4th Annual Exhibition, held at the Columbia Museum of Art in 1975.

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A Nice Surprise

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Being a CMA docent comes with many wonderful surprises and benefits—sometimes completely unexpected.

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The Mystery of Lurleen

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I’m a new curator at CMA and that means getting to know the collection and finding out what stories I can tell with it. In other words, I’m a kid in a candy store.

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The CMA would like to thank the following sponsors:

Grantor

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Lipscomb Sponsor

  • Mrs. Marcia Stine