The year 1969 stands as an iconic and transformational moment for the generations that followed, not only in American history, but worldwide. It was the year of the Apollo Moon landing. It marked the final performance of the Beatles atop the building of Apple Studios. The US government instituted the draft lottery to continue the war in Vietnam. The Manson Murders gripped the nation. The Stonewall Riots sparked the Gay Revolution. And here in Sullivan County, the Woodstock Festival happened.
Made in 1969 features works by area artists made in 1969 as well as a selection of works by artists who were born in 1969, providing a unique prism with which we can consider the 50th anniversary.
The visual arts both expressed much of the pathos of that era while also undergoing its own revolutions reflective of the collective changes taking place on the social, political, and cultural front. The works on display in Made in 1969 represent many of the trends, inquiries and narratives that were being addressed in that time and include paintings, sculpture, drawing, batik, assemblage, and photography.
The show’s premise is poignantly articulated in the pairing of drawings by the artist Bill Beirne, made in1969 and sculpture made in 2019 by his daughter, the artist Brenna Beirne who was born in that iconic year.
The exhibition features works made in 1969 by Jane Biron, Mickey Campbell, Betty Craft, Doug Craft, Daria Dorosh, Micheline Gingras, Marion Kaselle, Richard Kreznar, Mitchell Lewis, Deanna Lickey, Elizabeth McAlpin,Brandi Merolla,Marjorie Morrow, Allan Rubin, Hank Schneider, Candy Spilner, Martin Springhetti, Naomi Teppich, John Tomlinson, Gail Tuchman, Nancy E Wells, and Irenaeus Yurchuk
Works by artists born in 1969 include Brenna Beirne, Elizabeth McAlpinand Charles Wilkin
The activities of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.