My parents married in 1968, so I hadn't yet been a thought in anyone's mind until a few years after the hippies descended on the Haight. Both working class kids who needed to support themselves and didn't seem too into 'tuning in and dropping out', neither of my parents participated in any of the counter-cultural events happening under their noses here in San Francisco some 50 years ago.
The retrospective, though engaging, was mostly focused on the art and fashion of the time. I guess that's no great surprise as the de Young is an art institution, that, in recent years, has showcased the fashion design of some of the biggest names in the business. I had hoped for a bit more information on the political and social ideas that came out of San Francisco at that time as well. The last bit of the exhibit before one was funneled into the Summer of Love Gift Shop, dealt a bit with the Black Panther movement, the anti-draft movement, the advent of the pill, and, interestingly, Watergate.
Here are some of the 'groovy' fashions on display--
|Quite possibly my favorite piece|
|Joan Baez and her sisters for the anti-draft movement|
|Vietnam vet art|
|Simulated psychedelic space replete with bean bags and trippy music|
|Bottom left, corner of a poster featuring Pink Floyd|
|Lenny Bruce, among the music|
|Crochet art (bed spread) by Birgitta Bjerke|
For those of you who were around back in '67 I ask: What were you doing during the Summer of Love?
For those of you weren't: Were your parents hippies?