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The de Young’s “SUMMER OF LOVE EXPERIENCE: ART, FASHION AND ROCK & ROLL” will feature everything from rock posters and photographs to music, textiles and avant-garde films. Photography Courtesy of The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Relive the Summer of Love

by C California Style

FASMF’S Max Hollein lists his grooviest S.F. spots

Max Hollein. Photography Courtesy of The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

“Given the de Young’s location in Golden Gate Park—the epicenter of the movement—the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have been collecting works from the Summer of Love since it happened,” explains the institution’s director, Max Hollein, who is celebrating the counterculture phenomenon on its golden anniversary with a new exhibit through Aug. 20 (deyoung.famsf.org). The Vienna-born art-world power player, who joined FAMSF last summer, recognizes the importance of the era: “So much of San Francisco’s identity was built during this time.”

Here, his local favorites: Dolores Park It’s recently renovated, and in the spring and summer months it mutates into a great urban performance ground; going there makes me feel young again. Southern Exposure A great place to see cutting-edge visual and performance art. You walk in and, in all likelihood, will have a special experience. soex.org. Ebisu It is always crowded—for a reason. It is easily some of the best and most affordable sushi in town. ebisusushi.com. The tower at the de Young The twisting arm rises 144 feet above the city and provides a stunning 360-degree view of San Francisco. Hippie Hill Given our “Summer of Love” show, this is the best place to find me as I reflect on my time in the city.



This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of C Magazine.