FOR LOVE AND MONEY: SUMMER OF LOVE—ART, FASHION, AND ROCK AND ROLL // DE YOUNG MUSEUM
By Stephen F Eisenman, The Seen Journal

Wilfried Sätty, Turn on Your Mind (Jerry Garcia Wearing Flag Top Hat), ca. 1967. Color offset lithograph poster. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Walter and Josephine Landor, 2001.97.29A. © Walter Medeiros / Sätty Estate. Image Courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The City by the Bay is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love, but there is a wintery vibe here. Eight thousand people are living on the streets, and sky-high rents (an average $4,500 for a two-bedroom apartment), have turned students and artists into threatened species. Federal targeting of the LGBTQ community and immigrants, in a city with lots of both, creates a feeling of siege. Weed is legal, but cannot be smoked on the street, so tokers hide in alleys and in the corners of parks, creating a menacing atmosphere beneath sweet, smoky clouds.

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