You need only watch the film Woodstock and see how a throng of ragtag teenagers rose in unison to vigorously, angrily protest an American war along with Country Joe and the Fish to understand that the music reflected more than the media--obsessed with their sensationalized clips of nude, drug-crazed hippies writhing orgiastically
in the mud--let on.
Sinfully red, orgiastically
juicy, and a relative of deadly nightshade, tomatoes grew like a weed in the fertile soil of the New World, their dew-dappled fruit tempting the ungodly, and seemingly too good to be true.
The absent ingredient was Ronald Reagan, the man for whose orgiastically
celebrated inauguration the whole hostage racket was concocted.
divesting themselves of bourgeois sexual mores, they overturn conventional attitudes toward sleeping, hygiene, eating, parenting, learning, dressing, keeping track of time--even, finally, rejecting the notion that people should have names.
There are famous theories, according to which Greek tragedy developed from Dionysiac ritual, where the hero /priest interacted with the celebrant /chorus in such a way that at, and as, the climax of the ritual, the distance between them would be orgiastically
blanked out, bringing them together into a single body.
Others are more contrived, like the ghastly wedges of cement and steel that commemorate the long-winded, orgiastically
self-referential demolition derby in CREMASTER3: Five mint Chrysler Imperials from 1967 (the year of Barney's birth) destroy a customized Chrysler Imperial New Yorker from 1938 (the year of his father's birth and only one year off Serra's).
Freud's insight comes to mind when faced with Nora Speyer's canvases and their richly evocative, peculiarly impacted primordial texture, not to mention her vision of basic sexual objects--bodies (mostly naked and female) orgiastically
entangled at times but more often falling in abysmal space, like souls in traditional images of hell.