A rose by Magdalena Roztocilova will be placed in the AAU art space to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the Summer of Love.

The art exhibition is called A Homage to Flower Power and will feature a rose by Magdalena Roztocilova. There will also be a screening of the film „Monterey Pop“ by D.A. Pennebaker starting at approximately 19:00 in room 1.17. This film from 1967 best captures the soundtrack of the Flower Power movement in California dreaming.

“A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose,” wrote Gertrude Stein in 1913, in a poem, but maybe “a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose” is also a ruse. The Flower Power movement arose in the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco, California in 1967. “Make Love Not War” was the chant from the parks and streets, and all the boys and girls wore flowers in their hair. Such images proclaimed in media of the era still help us recall for later generations the “Summer of Love,” which ended abruptly before the end of 1967, marked by a series of political assassinations and general social upheaval.

In 1967, George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party was shot on August 25th, in Arlington, Virginia. Then in 1968, there were the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4th in Memphis, Tennessee, and Robert F. Kennedy on June 6th in Los Angeles. Between this, on June 3, Andy Warhol was shot, though not killed at his art studio The Factory in New York City. Onto 1969, in December, Fred Hampton of the Black Panthers Party was killed in Chicago, as a bookend to the era.

Meanwhile, the war in Vietnam had no end in sight. In Paris, in May 1968, the students rioted in the streets led by Situationist-influenced slogans, scrawled as graffiti on the walls: “It is forbidden to forbid.” “Enjoy without hindrance.” “This concerns all of us!” “I love you! Oh, say it with paving stones!!!” 

Forthcoming exhibits and discussions on the aftermath of this era, especially events of 1968, will be organized by the School of Humanities & Social Sciences through the next academic year.

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