24 jan 1968 & lloyd mcneill's intercouse '68 exhibit
#OTD 24 January 1968 Lloyd McNeill's much anticipated Intercourse '68 exhibit opened at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art (1503 21st Street) with a reception from 8pm to midnight. The lucky attendees were not the only the first to see the three-level exhibit, they also enjoyed improvisational music from the New Percussion Quartet and dancing from Robin Gordon & Sue Solem of the Washington Modern Dance Society.
Walter Hopps, gallery director, wrote in the catalog "the Washington Gallery of Modern Art presents the opening movements of a one hundred and fifty-two hour composition of light, sound and graphic imagery by the Washington artist and musician, Lloyd McNeill, who has structured his composition as a spectacle of both prearranged and improvisational elements arranged in seventeen sequential segments corresponding to the Gallery's open hours through February 11...."
The reception was covered by WTTG and WTOP television stations.
McNeill, a native Washingtonian, was an Art Instructor at Howard University and an instructor in the Painting Workshop at at the New Thing Art & Architecture Center in Adams Morgan.
Your comments are welcome below. Did you attend the exhibit? Do you have a copy of the invitation, catalog or poster? You may also comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library. I thank Karen Bucky for her assistance.
Lloyd McNeill, Intercourse '68. Washington Gallery of Modern Art, 1968.
Washington Gallery of Modern Art records, 1961-1969, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution