Summer is a-coming in, as the poets used to say—to prove it, here is this month’s Summer of Love schedule. (Though it does seem funny to see such a buttoned-down word associated with those crazy times.)
Ongoing: Much of City Hall’s public galleries are given over to the circa-1967 works of the late, lamented, and irascible rock-and-roll photographer Jim Marshall. Even if you think you don’t know his work, you probably do. After all, the man shot some 500 album covers for artists ranging from Jimi Hendrix to the Allman Brothers to Janis Joplin to Johnny Cash to John Coltrane.
Photo + Featured Header Photo Courtesy of Jim Marshall Photography LLC
Opening April 7: Lavender-Tinted Glasses: A Groovy Gay Look at the Summer of Love, in the Front Gallery of the GLBT History Museum in the Castro, delivers exactly what it promises. After all, it wasn’t a summer of love just for the straight people of the city—the LGBTQ community was having its own cultural blossoming in the Tenderloin.
Graphic from The San Francisco Oracle (April 1967). Courtesy Regent Press.
Opening April 8: One of San Francisco’s museum heavyweights, the de Young, joins in with The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion and Rock & Roll. It’s a more glamorous take on the era than the show you might have seen earlier this spring at the Berkeley Art Museum (surprise, surprise)—though both have their share of iconic, and eye-spinning, rock posters.
Bonnie MacLean, “Yardbirds, Doors, James Colton Blues Band, Richie Havens, July 25, 30, Fillmore Auditorium,” 1967. Color offset lithograph poster, 54.1 x 35.6 cm (21 5/16 x 14 in.). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund, 1972.53.103. © Bill Graham / Bonnie MacLean. Image Courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
And if you happen to be flying in or out of SFO next month, don’t miss the photographs documenting 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival in Elaine Mayes: It Happened in Monterey. The exhibit opens in Terminal 3 in early May.
Janis Joplin of Big Brother and the Holding Company 1967 Elaine Mayes (b. 1936). archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist R2017.0501.008