"The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion and Rock & Roll" at the de Young museum celebrates this era with an eclectic display of more than 300 cultural artifacts. These include photographs, rock posters, fashions, music and psychedelic light shows.
The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and other local bands pioneered the "San Francisco Sound."
At the same time, psychedelic light shows by Bill Ham, Ben Van Meter and other creatives-along with rock-and-roll posters featuring hand-lettering and pulsating hues by artists Rick Griffin, Alton Kelley, Victor Moscoso, Stanley Mouse and Wes Wilson-added to the groovy vibe.
At its core, the Summer of Love was a social and aesthetic movement happening in the midst of international upheaval. This namesake exhibition explores the pivotal role San Francisco played in helping to change societal norms.
-Stephanie Wright Hession
All images courtesy of the de Young Museum.
Through August 20. "The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion and Rock & Roll," at the de Young museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday and open late on Fridays: 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., June 2-August 18.
Members: Free; $25 adults; $20 seniors (65+); $20 Students with valid ID; $10 youth (6-17); Free for children 5 and younger. (415) 750-3600, www.deyoung.famsf.org