I was fortunate enough to spend last week traveling around New England with friends and family, seeing concerts and exploring different locales. It seems appropriate that we made time to stop in to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to check out “Summer of Love: Photography and Graphic Design”!
“Summer of Love: Photography and Graphic Design” only takes up one room, but the space is filled with posters, album covers, and photographs all from (and inspired by) the Haight-Ashbury counter-culture scene. It’s hard to believe this work is 50 years old! I loved this show. The bright colors and the bold images really appeal to me (which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who is familiar with my paintings), and since I’m a huge fan of music, it makes me happy that album covers and concert posters are being celebrated as art.
By the way, whoever decided where “Summer of Love: Photography and Graphic Design” was to be set up in the museum is a genius: the room you walk through to get to the Edward and Nancy Roberts Family Gallery contains art and artifacts from the Americas…and quite a bit of the work on display is musical (and psychedelic) in nature! Check out some of these instruments…
…and how about this piece?
So, if you find yourself in Boston sometime soon, stop in to the MFA for a couple of hours…you never know what connections you might make! “Summer of Love: Photography and Graphic Design” runs through October 22nd.