If you're going to be in the Northampton area over the summer, you might want to check out this exhibit at Smith College's Museum of Art. It's called "Summer of Love: Psychedelic Posters" (who can resist that?), an exhibit of poster art from those memorable days of yore (you do remember, don't you?) in the late 1960's.
"Smartly described by exhibition organizers as a "visual social media of their time", they are certainly better to look at than your average Facebook wall." LOVE IT.
The posters in their day were used to advertise rock concerts, art shows, "be-ins" and yes, tripping, or the legalization of so-called "consciousness-expanding drugs" -- as well as other youth-orieted happenings. Some of the posters are even displayed under black light -- got it?!
What makes the posters so special is that they "contrast starkly with the austere, downbeat, visuals, let's say, of the so-called 3rd Summer of Love in the UK in 1990 -- a season that launched the face of Kate Moss." Ecstasy replaced acid, idealism, and the idealism of the '60's was no where in sight. Most of the posters were designed by designers in the SF Bay Area. Art Nouveau to comic book art by people like Rick Griffin, Alton Kelley, Stanley Mouse, and Wes Wilson.
Opens June 14th. Nothing on the museum website yet, other than the announcement.