The 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in San Francisco conjures images of hippies frolicking in the park with daisies in their hair. But the power of flowers to inspire peace and love goes back far more than 50 years. The exhibition brings to light unexpected connections among gloriously gilded folding screens, modern-looking lacquers, rare porcelains, sumptuous textiles, and contemporary installations of live flowers and sensory-igniting multimedia. Drawn primarily from the museum's renowned collection, dozens of masterpieces are displayed in a way that highlights their shared botanical bounty. Visitors to Flower Power will discover that for centuries humans have used flowers to communicate ideals from the refined to the revolutionary.
This expansive exhibition pays homage to the Summer of Love’s 50th anniversary with an exploration of flower power—specifically, six significant blooms that hold tremendous symbolism throughout the museum’s collection: the lotus, plum blossom, cherry blossom, chrysanthemum, tulip and rose. A massive street art mural by San Francisco artist Megan Wilson brings the inside out.