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SYMBOLS OF HOPE AND INTENTION - Douglas Magnus'photograph of a communal meal captures the spirit of the '60s.

wo Views of the '60s, an exhibit of photographs of the 1960s and early 1970s by Lisa Law and Douglas Magnus opens tonight, 5-8 p.m. at the Armory for the Arts and runs through May 4. Law describes the showing of 90 color and black and white photographs as a documentation of an era when communes, marijuana, health food, yogis, the S.D.S. and E .R.A. were buzz words. She describes her life at that time as a migratory one traveling through New Mexico, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Mexico and New York

Story by Linda Shockley

Her images chronicle a way of life in the '60s along the coasts, capturing with her camera the music heroes of the time Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, the Byrds, Stephen Stills and other performers at Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival. Peace marches and anti-war marches were also a focus. Wavy Gravy and Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters were there. Law's New Mexico photographs depict yoga classes, children bathing in washtubs on wood stoves, communal creek baths, tipi living at the New Buffalo Commune in Taos. She says, "The '60s were an exciting time. Everything was changing so fast, whether it was music, publications or just learning to grow your own vegetables." As a photographer and human rights activist, Law still feels committed to the issues growing out of the '60s natural foods and childbearing, feminism, Native American rights and meditation. She adds, "The difference now is that many of us learned to integrate those values into the mainstream instead of separating us from the Establishment."
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Magnus artist, jeweler, photographer, on the other hand, describes himself not as a back-tothe-Iander but a curiosity seeker. He says with a smile, "I missed the peace marches. I was in the Army. "But when I got out I wanted to see what was going on. I wasn't really into family living but I liked the idea of a big endless party. "I had aspirations for higher thinking and better living but I think ultimately many of us were too conditioned to the mainstream to accept something else." Conditions were less than ideal. "Let's face it," he says. "The Hogfarm in Taos lived up to its nanie there was mud everywhere. We had a couple cruddy cars, never enough food and 40-punce jugs of beer. We beat it down to the hot springs in Taos every chance we got." Capturing those times was difficult for both Law and Magnus.

Photographers were suspected as being "the law'' and cameras were symbols of the middle class wealth that many in the '60s abhored. Magnus says, "There were also some pretty strange characters hanging around desperados, banditos. Linda Kasabian of the Sharon Tate murders showed up at the Pink House, where I was living in Ojo Sarco in 1969. "It was a mecca for outcasts." Magnus' photographs captured those days in Ojo Sarco, Taos and Truchas. Others include the Center, a Haight Asbury-type crash pad in Santa Fe, Northern New Mexico characters like Acid Annie and Judge Bill Tate and a woman whose two children were killed when a V .W. bus rolled over them. Law says, "Many people find that the '60s are still not far enough behind us yet for stopping to take a long look. It's painful to look back on those days of madness and drugs. "I don't think the 60's ever blew over but instead have laid the foundation for something stronger. They were fun, growing times and a good thing that came out of it is that the "me" generation became the "we" generation." Law and Magnus hope the show will provide an insight into the lifestyle and activities of the time. For those who didn't live the '60s, the archivalquality photographs can be a learning tool. In addition to the photographs, Law's 1946 Chevy flatbed truck has been refurbished with the help of many friends in the style of the '60s hippie vans paisley, tie-dye, cushions and macrame. Law hopes that children, especially, will tour the truck. For those who did live through the '60s, the show may be simply a nostalgic rush, or it might provide a vital return to a time when we believed we could change the world.