Critic to lecture on psychedelic culture's effect on artists

Published on Saturday, 22 July 2017 22:18
Written by Angie DeRosa

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN-The 1960s was a transformative period for millions of young Americans.

Psychedelic music and hallucinogenic drugs set the scene for a counterculture lifestyle.

That movement is the latest discussion at the New Britain Museum of American Art’s “An Evening With…” lecture series about how artists were influenced by the culture of their time.

Art critic and author of “Are you Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art,” Ken Johnson, will present “Under the Influence: Art and Psychedelic in the ’60s” on Thursday, Aug. 10.

The lecture is in conjunction with the museum’s latest exhibit, “California Dreaming: Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston & Ed Ruscha,” on display until Oct. 15, which is focused on the postwar art scene in Los Angeles during the 1950s and 1960s at the Ferus Gallery.

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in art from Brown University, and a master’s in studio art from the State University of New York at Albany. He’s written for publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Art in America.

The reception starts at 5:30 p.m., and the lecture begins at 6. Admission is $7 for members, although circle-level members and up can get in free, and $15 for non-members.

For more information visit or call 860-229-0257.

Posted in New Britain Herald, , General News, New Britain on Saturday, 22 July 2017 22:18. Updated: Saturday, 22 July 2017 22:20.