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Bethel Woods Special Exhibit

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the nonprofit cultural arts organization located at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, continues its year-long celebration of the golden anniversary of the greatest festival of all time with experiences dedicated to preserving and contemporizing a legacy created in August half-a-century ago.

 

The Museum provides historic evidence, artifacts, and first-hand anecdotes for why the festival happened, how it happened, and the ways in which it still matters, fifty years later.

 

The 2019 Special Exhibit We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of The Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for a Peaceful Future, presented by Orange Bank & Trust, examines the festival and what the youth of 1969 wanted from the world at the time. It places the festival in the context of the positive societal changes it has spawned, and asks today’s youth what they desire of the world now. Many contemporary movements including Concert for Bangladesh, Live Aid, Farm Aid, We Are the World, Earth Day, the Peace Movement, Women’s Movement, LGBTQ Movement, #metoo, the Women’s March and student gun control movement can all be traced back to roots in the ‘60s – a time when young people also felt frustration with the world around them and looked to be listened to.

 

In addition to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, it is also the semi-centennial of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing – which occurred just weeks before. In the Crossroads Gallery We Are Stardust, objects and history surrounding the moon landing are interpreted through the lens of American culture, examining the effect of the Cold War/Space Race, American space program, “moon mania,” and the eventual national success of putting the first man on the moon on the lives of everyday Americans at the end of the tumultuous 1960s.

 

As stewards of the historic site, preservation efforts remain paramount to Bethel Woods. Recent efforts have included the restoration of the Bindy Bazaar Trails, which were originally constructed for the Woodstock Festival to serve as the Bindy Bazaar, a grouping of 20 booths where vendors sold crafts and clothing while also serving to connect two major areas of Festival grounds. Guests are now able explore the area and see historic evidence of how the woods were used during the Festival. To celebrate this aspect of festival history and bring to life the art, craft, and sense of joy embodied by the Bindy Bazaar and the Festival itself, Bethel Woods presents a large-scale public art installation located in the historical footprint of the Bindy Bazaar Trails. Artist Carol Hummel will stitch together colorful crocheted shapes that organically wrap, hug, and embrace the trunks and branches of trees along the walking path in Bindy Woods, creating an ever-changing environment vibrating with color, light, and shape. The project echoes to the idea of past influencing present and future as it highlights the use of textile and color celebrated in the era through an expression and technique representative of today.

 

For more information and to purchase tickets to the Museum, please visit BethelWoodsCenter.org