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Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: tenth anniversary issue

[We are ten years old],   pp. [1]-6 PDF (6.1 MB)

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. . . beat generation, cultural explosion,
Jackson Pollock, Waiting for Godot,
August Heckscher, alienation, the San
Francisco Actors Workship, Jackie
Kennedy, existentialism, the Ford
Foundation, Dwight Macdonald, zen, Allen
Ginsberg, arts councils, the Theatre Group
at UCLA, The Fire Next Time, artists-in-
residence, The Lincoln Center for the
Performing Arts, Merce Cunningham,
Marshall McLuhan, pop and op, The Once
Group, Naked Lunch, John Cage,
happenings, schools of fine arts, Watts,
The Housewife's Handbook of Selective
Promiscuity, Andy Warhol, The Rockefeller
Panel Report on the Performing Arts,
LSD, off off Broadway, The National
Endowment on the Arts, hippies and
yippies, Black Power, pot, U. S. Office of
Education, funk and junk, concrete poetry,
Vietnam, confrontation, "soul," Hair . . .
The ten years which witnessed the founding
of Arts in Society and its subsequent
struggles toward growth and permanence
have been among the most turbulent in the
history of art. The ever sharper
contradistinction of ambivalences -
progress and disintegration, clarity and
dilemma, energy and impotence,
responsibility and anarchy, idealism and
corruption - increasingly mirrors the
cataclysmic upheavals in the society, and
suggests that the journal's mission may be
far more valid today than at the time of
its inception. While the vital questions in
art, whether of aesthetics, creativity,
criticism, education, or institution-building,
have always been inextricably linked to
societal change, at no other time has it
seemed so important that we strive to
comprehend the nature, range, and intensity
of this dynamic relationship. For beyond
our age of revolution and chaos lie the
infinite possibilities of new values, new
forms, new roles, new directions, and even
more challenging, the potential of a
coherent, viable community for art with the
will and vision to create a mature and
responsible culture.
A journal's role and influence are, of course,
circumscribed by its resources. Arts in
Society's resources have been typically very
scant in most areas of its operation. For
example, there has never been adequate

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