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West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977

Elissa Auther and Adam Lerner


In the heady and hallucinogenic days of the 1960s and 1970s, a diverse range of artists and creative individuals based in the American West—from the Pacific coast to the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest—broke the barriers between art and lifestyle and embraced the new, hybrid sensibilities of the countercultural movement. Often created through radically collaborative artistic practices, such works as Paolo Soleri’s earth homes, the hand-built architecture of the Drop City and Libre communes, Yolanda López’s political posters, the multisensory movement workshops of Anna and Lawrence Halprin, a ... More

Keywords: American West, Paolo Soleri, Drop City, Libre communes, Yolanda López, Anna Halprin, Lawrence Halprin, Ant Farm, Optic Nerve, countercultural movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816677252
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677252.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elissa Auther, editor
Professor, Critical StudiesSchool of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California

Adam Lerner, editor

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