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Summer | art

Turn on, tune in, design a great poster at Smith College

NORTHAMPTON — You have to love the folks at Smith College. They have so much faith in the restraint and maturity of their tender-aged students that they are letting their venerable campus museum mount a show of drug-inspired poster art — and, what’s more, they’re calling it “Summer of Love.”

It’s hard to know whether this counts as “stimulating discussion on campus” or “promoting reckless behavior.” But knowledge, they say, is power. And they are no doubt right to have such faith. No one in her right mind really wants to go back to 1967, when most of the posters in “Summer of Love: Psychedelic Posters From SCMA” were made.

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