The Australian Centre for the Moving Image presents ‘Dennis Hopper, in person and on film’ with exhibition titled ‘Dennis Hopper and The New Hollywood’ opening on the 12th November 2009. To celebrate an icon of American counter-culture, the work and life of an extraordinary filmmaker, artist and key figure in the evolution of America’s cultural scene from the 1950s to today, it is the art and film that has defined a generation.
When Dennis Hopper’s nihilistic road movie Easy Rider was released in 1968, it sparked a cultural revolution. Mounted on a Harley Davidson, revved up to a thumping soundtrack and daring enough to show sex and drug use on screen, the film became a banner for a generation famed for its anti-establishment and counter-cultural values and gave birth to the ‘New Hollywood’.
Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood retraces the paradoxes of an America undergoing a cultural, social and political transformation – from pop culture to suburban subculture, from psychedelia to slam poetry, from rebellion to disillusionment. The expansive exhibition brings together Hopper’s own photography and film work as a director and actor and his exceptional private collection of contemporary art, including paintings, photographs and sculptures by the likes of Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Jenny Holzer.
See below for a taster of images that will be on show at ‘Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood’ exhibition at The Australian Centre for the Moving Image.