Here are 3 things prepared for you to take home:
The original New Left generation of artists appearing in the wave of political art was unconventional, believing in personal experience as the only authentic source of art.
The artists in California from the 50s to the 70s were distinguished by their active engagement in politics. While they were anti-elitist, they were not populist.
Some new forms of art developed significantly during the wave--such as posters, murals, and performance art--as objection to commercial art.
Some key words: the Beat, New Left versus New Right, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, pacifism, the free speech movement, hippie, gay liberation, immigration, feminism.
Here are 3 things from my thoughts:
I am living in the interstice between the IT fever and the leftover of the 70s.
Cowboys are drifting but not intangible.
The new generation may need to be more than fast and adaptive to optimally utilize digital forms of art.
Selz, Peter, and Susan Landauer. Art of Engagement: Visual Politics in California and Beyond. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2006.