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Braithwaite Gallery brings "Psychedelic Experience" to Campus

Published: January 10, 2013 | Category: Arts

A vibrant world of colorful and visionary graphics that celebrates the golden age of rock music is showcased in the exhibit the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery will open Thursday evening. "The Psychedelic Experience: Rock Posters from the San Francisco Bay Area, 1966-1971" will run January 10 through February 2, 2013, displaying the Braithwaite’s rock poster collection, in high demand since the Gallery first showcased a portion of the collection in a summer 2012 exhibition.

According to Reece Summers, director of the Braithwaite Gallery, ever since patrons learned the summer exhibition was just a small portion of the rock poster collection, there has been an increasing demand to see more. This second exhibition features 50 posters, works of art that reflect the creativity of the psychedelic movement.

The posters in the exhibition were created to promote concerts produced by the legendary Bill Graham and Chet Helms of Family Dog Productions at San Francisco’s historic rock palaces: the Fillmore Auditorium, Fillmore West and the Avalon Ballroom. The bands and musicians captured by legendary artists Lee Conklin, Wes Wilson, David Singer, Greg Irons and Stanley Mouse include Santana, Grateful Dead, the Steve Miller Band, Country Joe and the Fish, Ten Years After, Moby Grape, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Jimi Hendrix, Buffalo Springfield, Mothers of Invention, The Byrds, B.B. King, Cream and many others.

More than simple nostalgia, the vibrant exhibition captures an era of art that defined a generation and remains timeless.

As with all exhibitions in the Braithwaite Gallery, admission to view "The Psychedelic Experience: Rock Posters from the San Francisco Bay Area, 1966-1971" is free and open to the public. The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery is located on the lower level of the Braithwaite Building on SUU’s campus. The gallery’s winter hours are Tuesday–Saturday, noon–7 p.m. For more information, you may contact the Braithwaite Gallery at 435-586-5432 or

The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery is part of SUU's College of Performing and Visual Arts, which is comprised of nationally accredited departments of art and design, music, theatre arts and dance, as well as a graduate program in arts administration and the newly created Center for Shakespeare Studies. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees; professional bachelor of music and bachelor of fine arts in art and theatre degrees; and a master of fine arts in arts administration. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations and exhibitions each year through its various academic departments and affiliate organizations that, in addition to the Braithwaite Gallery, include the American Folk Ballet, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company.

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