Museum Presents Lecture, Discussion and Documentary Film

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University will present several free educational programs to help contextualize its exhibition When 6 WAS 9: Rock Posters from San Francisco, 1966-71, on display through Aug. 26.

All events are free and will be held in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the museum.

Salem collector Gary Westfjord, whose 56 posters are featured in the exhibition, will present a lecture June 8 from 5 to 6 p.m. on the history of rock posters during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The posters, used to promote concerts at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium and Avalon Ballroom, were created by Rick Griffin, Stanley Mouse and other major poster artists. They are characterized by their psychedelic colors and powerful imagery.

The documentary film "Monterey Pop" will be shown June 14 at 7 p.m. The film features the Monterey International Pop Festival, held in June 1967, which captured the mood, spirit and tempo of the 1960s and helped launch the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and others.

Bob Schnepf, a 1960s poster artist and longtime Portland resident featured in the exhibition, will participate in a roundtable discussion with Westfjord and Museum Director John Olbrantz on June 23 from 2 to 3 p.m. They will discuss the San Francisco music scene.

In addition to these programs, the Humanities and Communications Department/Film Studies Program at Chemeketa Community College and the Historic Elsinore Theatre in Salem will present "Altered States: The Cinema of the Sixties," at the Elsinore during the summer months. For more information on films in that series, call (503) 375-3574 or visit

When 6 WAS 9: Rock Posters from San Francisco, 1966-71 has been supported in part by grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. (corner of State and Cottage streets) in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day. For more information, call (503) 370-6855.