On the Road to the Summer of Love


SF Mime Troupe
Gene Anthony, SF Mime Troupe, 1966

May 12, 2017 – September 24, 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.

Summer of Love


On the Road to the Summer of Love is sponsored by:

American ExpressRecologyYerba Buena Community Benefit District

With additional support from the Circle of Love:

Glenn Snyder & Catherine Allman
Christy & Stephen McAvoy
Jon Christensen
Nion McEvoy
Anthea Hartig
Michael & Mary Sangiacomo
Evan Hirsch
Laney & Pasha Thornton
Donna Ewald Huggins
Ralph Walter
Norman Larson
Peter Wiley
Steve & Melanie LeSieur

In-Kind Support from:

Cliff Lede VinyardsMagnolia Brewing

Institutional support provided by:

Grants for the ArtsPillsbury


678 Mission Street
San Francisco
CA 94105
415.357.1848 voice
415.357.1850 fax
Gallery + Store
Tuesday – Sunday
11:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday – Friday
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Monday – Friday
9:00am to 5:00pm