Robert Hirsch's ambitious photographic project "The Sixties Cubed," a collection of more than 40,000 images inside clear plastic cubes, was large enough to need two separate galleries when it was first presented in Buffalo last year.
But at 6 p.m. Saturday, visitors to Jamestown Community College's Weeks Gallery (525 Falconer St., Jamestown) will have an opportunity to see the work in its entirety. Hirsch's installation, which considers the political and social upheaval of the 1960s, is the centerpiece of the Weeks Gallery's ArtHappening. The event will begin with a viewing of the artwork at 6 p.m., followed by a 6:30 presentation by Hirsch. Jamestown student Oliver Burdo and Buffalo band Mercury Rising will play songs from the '60s at 7 p.m. An 8:30 p.m. reception will feature performances from Sitar Jams and Family Funktion.
The installation, Hirsch wrote in a statement, "explores how visual media interacts with the exceptional as well as daily life. Although its legacy is hotly debated, one overarching theme that defined this turbulent decade was an intense drive by a minority counterculture to generate alternatives to conventional institutions and social customs. At its best, the 1960s was a chapter of new possibilities."
Tickets to the ArtHappening are $10 to $20. Call 338-1187 or visit weeksgallery.sunyjcc.edu.
- Colin Dabkowski