Exceptional innovation defined the burgeoning campus and community arts scene during the 1960s. In less than four years – between 1965 and 1969 – the Center for New Music, the Center for New Performing Arts, the International Writing Program, and the intermedia program at the School of Art and Art History – the first of its kind in the country – were established.
Refocus was launched in 1966 as a showcase of photography and independent film produced by UI students and faculty.
Fluxus, or intermedia arts, emerged as a discipline in the UI School of Art and Art History during the 1960s, mainly under the guidance of Prof. Hans Breder. The Papers of Dennis and Diana Swanson chronicle their work and of others who used mixed media during the 1960s and 1970s.
University Theatre production, “Marriage a la Mode,” 1968.
University Theatre production, “Oh, What a Lovely War,” 1967.
School of Music production, “Venus Loves Adonis,” 1968.
School of Music production, “Dona Francisquita,” 1969.