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Flashing Back to the Winter Before the Summer of Love

The de Young kicks off its Summer of Love exhibition with immersive footage of a three-day rager.

Footage from the 1966 Trips Festival.


Before viewers venture into the Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll exhibition, planners at the de Young are asking them to step into an acid flashback. The portal: a miniature room, encountered at the beginning of the exhibition, where footage from all three days of the seminal 1966 Trips Festival is broadcast simultaneously. The result is 360-degree envelopment in the party that kick-started the hippie movement. (Bill Graham organized the event; the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Stewart Brand, and Ken Kesey were all there; and a little-known band took the stage, performing for the first time as the Grateful Dead.)

Other rooms in Summer of Love feature immersive re-creations of Hippie Hill and old Haight-Ashbury poster shops, plus light show commissions from Bill Hamm and Ben Van Meter. What a rush. Apr. 8–Aug. 20


Originally published in the April issue of San Francisco 

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