Exhibit Spotlight: Revolution
Written by Marla Wasser
Revolution takes you on a trip through time, retracing the optimism, activism, ideals and aspirations of the late 1960s as expressed in music, film, fashion, and design. It's an odyssey highlighting some of the greatest musical performances of the 20th century, from the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix. It brings together some 350 objects that paint a portrait of the lifestyles, dreams and demands of an optimistic generation of activists and pacifists who wanted to break from values of the past. These objects include clothes, posters, photographs, and many archival documents that are all original and likely have never been seen before. Interviews with key figures and film clips complete the story.
Revolution explores the era of political activism in the late 1960s that was driven by a generation with a deep desire for change and freedom. The audience will travel through sections that focus on the civil rights movement, gay rights, anti-Vietnam war protests, and women’s liberation groups. The root of many of today’s issues can be identified in the 1960s, offering a unique perspective through which our current social, environmental, and political climate can be viewed.
The audience will experience an immersive musical journey climaxing with the Woodstock Music Festival. There are interviews with iconic figures, including Yoko Ono and Twiggy, as well as excerpts from seminal films and music by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and David Bowie, to name a few. For the full sensory experience, the use of high-fidelity headphones will be available.
The MMFA will highlight Montreal’s Expo 67, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017. The revolutionary event marked the beginning of Quebec’s greater openness to the world, and provided a showcase of mass design and technological advances of that era.