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In the Gershman Gallery: December 1 – January 4
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk with Curator Cheryl Harper
Thursday, December 1 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM
FREE • Registration required
Register here or call 215-545-4400
In the 1960s, the Arts Council of the Gershman Y played an important role in bringing the avant-garde cultural scene to Philadelphia – introducing the works of Pop Art artists including Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and Roy Lichtenstein to Philadelphia audiences before they became household names, presenting the poetry of E.E. Cummings and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, hosting a Happening by Allan Kaprow, and featuring such illustrious performing groups as the Martha Grahamand Merce Cunningham dance companies.
December 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of a two-evening appearance at the Gershman Y by Andy Warhol, the Velvet Underground, and superstar Nico. The Arts Council of the then YM&WHA (today’s Gershman Y) brought two psychedelic evenings of music and underground films, described as a “mixed-media discotheque,” to the alternately fascinated and flabbergasted city of Philadelphia on December 10 and 11, 1966.
In celebration of that seminal event in art and music history, this new exhibition curated by InLiquid Artist Member Cheryl Harper brings together rarely and never-before-seen images of Warhol and the Velvet Underground at the Y, featuring a newly discovered cache of photos by Philadelphia photographer Sam Moskovitz, augmented with ephemera and other images of the era.