On the Road to the Summer of Love


SF Mime Troupe
Gene Anthony, SF Mime Troupe, 1966

On the Road to the Summer of Love

May 12, 2017 – September 24, 2017

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.

Learn more about On the Road to the Summer of Love.

History Keepers: Storied Objects from Los Angeles Collections
Gene Anthony, SF Mime Troupe, 1966


History Keepers: Eleven Stories That Moved Los Angeles

August 4, 2017 - October 1, 2017

El Tranquilo Gallery & Visitor Center Olvera Street
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
Tuesday - Friday, 10:00am – 3:00am
Saturday - Sunday, 9:00am – 4:00pm

For more than 200 years, Los Angeles has been molded and shaped by its people. This exhibition tells eleven compelling stories that are part of our city’s complex fabric. Some are stories of promise, others are of despair. In the retelling, these stories that have shaped our city move us emotionally in the present, helping us to understand how we got to where we are—and perhaps better see where we are going.

Hugo Crosthwaite: In Memorium Los Angeles
Hugo Crosthwaite: In Memorium Los Angeles

Hugo Crosthwaite: In Memoriam Los Angeles
Museum of Social Justice, El Pueblo de Los Angeles

September 6, 2017 – February 25, 2018

Artist Hugo Crosthwaite will produce a new mural at the Museum of Social Justice while visitors watch. The mural will wrap the gallery walls and will only be complete for a matter of weeks before the artist paints it out, bit by bit, during museum hours. This mural as performance is part of a series of murals the artist calls In Memoriam, which he has been painting at sites in the United States and abroad. Visitors are invited to speak with him, ask questions, or just watch while he is working.

Crosthwaite works in a style that brings together portraiture of ordinary people, comic book characters, street signage, urban facades, and mythological references, among other things, into dense and layered compositions. His work reflects the character of frenetic urban settings, especially border towns like Tijuana where the artist lives. Fear, hope, sorrow, and celebration are all represented together as he incorporates his observations of daily life. He elevates the ordinary person to heroic, showing the trials they endure in surviving and thriving in our contemporary cities. Through his work, Crosthwaite invites us to have compassion for people who struggle in the margins of society.

For In Memoriam Los Angeles, Hugo will observe people in the local Los Angeles downtown area as he works in an improvisational manner to complete the mural. Working only during the museum’s open hours when visitors can observe, he will engage the public and allow the interactions to influence his work. At the end of the exhibition, the artist will produce an animation from still photographs taken throughout the process, which will show the painting’s production from beginning to end.

This exhibition is co-presented with the Museum of Social Justice.


Art of the West Exhibition

The Autry in Griffith Park
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles
Free to California Historical Society Members

Visit the California Historical Society Gallery at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The CHS Gallery is part of the permanent exhibition Art of the West , which showcases the dynamic and evolving world of art that springs from the cultural practices of some of the many peoples who have shaped the American West. The CHS Gallery features selections from CHS's fine arts and costumes collections that are permanently housed at the Autry. This collaboration has assured the exhibition and conservation of significant works of art from the CHS Collection by some of America's best known nineteenth and early twentieth-century artists (including Albert Bierstadt, James Walker, and Maynard Dixon) as well as turn-of-the-nineteenth-century costumes. The Art of the West exhibition is the first of its kind to explore how shared values and interests have inspired artists from different cultures and times to create distinctive, powerful works that speak to their experience of the West as both a destination and a home.

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