Photographer Lisa Law is the real deal, a hippie from the Sixties who's still flying the freak flag down in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she now resides. Back in the day, Law was on the front lines at Woodstock, where she shot images behind the scenes while also serving up mush to thousands as a member of the renowned Hog Farm commune. She still has the cauldron to prove it. But even before that, as an assistant to Kingston Trio manager Frank Werber, she used her backstage vantage point to capture the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, the Velvet Underground and countless others; as a key player in the counterculture scene, she continued to photograph the stars throughout the era. Law's iconic images are now the subject of Lisa Law: Flashing on the Sixties, a new exhibit opening tonight at the Byers-Evans House Gallery.
"She's not just a vestige; she's still doing it," says Teresa Harbaugh, a local art collector who visited Law in Santa Fe with her husband, Paul, a volunteer curator at the Byers-Evans. "She's a keeper of that time period." And though the gallery space is small, Paul has included a select array of memorabilia along with 25 to 30 photographs, such as the Hog Farm pot and the gun actor Dennis Hopper held in one of her photos. But "she's really the most important artifact," he notes.
Flashing on the Sixties continues through February 29 at the museum, 1310 Bannock Street; gallery admission is free. Go to www.historycolorado.org/museums or call 303-620-4933.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 6. Continues through Feb. 29, 2012