On the Road to the Summer of Love

12 May 2017 – 10 Sep 2017

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In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love, we look back at the cultural movements and events that led up to this transformative moment in California history.


Tens of thousands of disaffected young people converged in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district in the summer of 1967 and captured the attention of the world. The exhibition explores the cultural context—from the Beat poets to the experimental art scene—that made San Francisco a magnet for hippies and the center of a social revolution that rippled across the country.

Organized by Dennis McNally, biographer and former publicist of the Grateful Dead, and Alisa Leslie, a counterculture historian, the exhibition brings together rarely seen photographs by more than twenty photographers, including Gene Anthony, Jerry Burchard, Herb Greene, Lisa Law, and Elaine Mayes. Original ephemera also helps to tell the story of how the Summer of Love—a "revolutionary maelstrom of change" and "a genuinely new consciousness,"" as McNally notes—came to be. From the Beat movement to protests, arts, music, and fashion, On the Road to the Summer of Love captures this the heart and soul of a generation.

For more information about the Bay Area's 50th anniversary celebration, visit CHS’s Summer of Love website, www.summerof.love.


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