May 12, 2017 – September 10, 2017
On the Road to the Summer of Love
CHS’s ambitious exhibition in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love tells the story of the countercultural movement in San Francisco through photographs.
In the summer of 1967, young people from across the country converged in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. In this exhibition, guest curators Dennis McNally and Alisa Leslie explore the cultural context—from the Beat poets to the experimental art scene—that put San Francisco at the center of a social revolution.
The story begins in the late 1950s with the Beatniks in North Beach and ends in late 1967 with the Diggers’ Death of the Hippie ceremony. The exhibition explores iconic moments—such as Jack Weinberg in a police car at UC Berkeley at the birth of the Free Speech Movement—as well as less well-known, but none-the-less formative, events. Photographs and ephemera from CHS collections are featured alongside materials from private and institutional lenders.
This exhibition is part of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. Learn more about the anniversary, the history of the Summer of Love, and related events at www.summerof.love.