Dead Central is a gallery space on the Main Floor of McHenry Library at UC Santa Cruz dedicated to exploring cultural, social, and creative moments in the twentieth century in which the Grateful Dead played a critical part. Exhibits feature unique materials from the Grateful Dead Archive alongside original sources from across the University Library's rich historical collections. The creation of Dead Central was made possible through a generous grant from the Brittingham Family Foundation.
Dead Central admission is free and open to the public during regular Library hours.
LOCATION: Dead Central, on the main level of McHenry Library
The Library’s newest exhibit to feature the Grateful Dead Archive is Put Your Gold Money Where Your Love Is, Baby: Counterculture, Capitalism, and the Grateful Dead. It explores how the band invented, improvised, redefined, and pioneered business practices that revealed new ways of thinking about work, about being in business, and about the relationship between creators and their communities. It draws on the newly processed business records of the band.
This exhibit was made possible through a generous grant from the Brittingham Family Foundation.
Love on Haight brings together posters, photography, and ephemera to explore the revolution in print culture, music, and social change in 1967, the Summer of Love. Included are documents from the Grateful Dead Archive, photographs from Ruth-Marion Baruch’s 1967 Haight-Ashbury series, and selections from the Library’s exceptionally rich holdings in alternative publications from this time period: a variety of newspapers and magazines, comic books, literary journals, broadsides, and political tracts. Supplementing these sources are audiovisual components – films about the Summer of Love, snippets of performances and, of course, music.
Imagining the Dead presented more than 200 images and artifacts drawn from every era of the Grateful Dead.