Groovy: A Psychedelic Summer

May 9, 2017 to August 27, 2017

Groovy: A Psychedelic Summer presents artworks that explore color, pattern, and new technology during a time when contemporary art as we know it was in its infancy. Throughout the summer, the McNay highlights this collection of works by Edna Andrade, Robert Gordy, and Joe Tilson in the Frost Octagon, in conjunction with Nam June Paik and John Godfrey’s seminal 1973 video, Global Groove. Paik prophetically described the work as being “a glimpse of the video landscape of tomorrow, when you will be able to switch to any TV station on the earth, and TV Guide will be as fat as the Manhattan telephone book.” Known as one of the first major works of video art, Global Groove is an enduring example of excellence and innovation in a genre that has now been explored by artists for over half a century. 

This exhibition is organized by René Paul Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs, McNay Art Museum.

The Elizabeth Huth Coates Exhibition Endowment and the Arthur and Jane Stieren Fund for Exhibitions are generously funding this exhibition