Thursday, June 18, 2009

Underground Fun

If you remember the Sixties (or if you've forgotten large chunks of the Sixties or if you've only heard about the Sixties) you should truck on down to the Chazen Museum of Art to see Underground Classics: The Transformation of Comics into Comix, 1963–1990. The show runs through July 12, 2009. Details

Not only did these artists break ground in social and political commentary, but they also changed the business of comics by retaining intellectual property rights over their work rather than selling them to the publisher.

The show includes an amazing array of underground comix, including R. Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, and a garboonfull of others. The show includes the iconic "A Short History of America". (History of America, Crumb)

It is not for the little kiddies, however, unless you want to answer a lot of awkward questions. I was quite surprised to find that the exhibit includes one of my favorite comix that involves, well, I can't adequately describe it, but suffice to say it is outrageous, gross, and blatantly sexual. Go the show and guess which one it is.

The Chazen is located at 800 University Avenue, Madison.

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday – Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

Related stuff:

Buy R. Crumb stuff

Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers

Zap Comix - Pop-Cult.Com

Crumb / Zap Comix and other Covers

More 60's stuff:

Take the Vietnam War Pop Quiz

Sixties Project Home Page


  1. Loved reading about Fat Freddy & his cat! Gilbert Shelton also did the cover art for Shakedown Street. I didn't know until I just looked that Lowell George had produce Shakedown Street.
    Jerry songs or Bob songs,who do you love better? MaYbE it depends on yOuR MoOd :)
    Who on the council would have been most fun at a Dead show???

    I hope the new Monona Drive is as interesting!!!

    Maybe we should rename it Shakedown St.and have Madison Metro #16 stop at Terrapin Station at the bottom of the hill.

    Peace & Love!!!

  2. I forgot to add this:

  3. "Who on the council would have been most fun at a Dead show???"

    Not touching that one, but feel free to make suggestions of your own.

  4. Alderman Wood, FYI:

    Memorial Union Thurs 7/2 9:30Jackie Greene FREE!

    See you there!

    Mr. Wood

    "Who on the council would have been most fun at a Dead show???"