By Jewel Wicker/Posted at;artsculture.blog.ajc.com
Michael Stern’s wife jokes that he’s a hoarder.
When most spouses say this, they’re referring to the dusty collection of high school varsity jackets and vinyls that their partner has tucked away in the basement.
Michael Stern’s case is different. (Although, he does have a collection of vinyls.)
Unlike other people’s old “junk,” even strangers can see the value in the collection of things that have taken up space in every room in Stern’s basement.
About 25 years ago, the Atlanta native started collecting pieces that encapsulated the 1960s and 1970s. About 5,000 items later, his eclectic collection has been used to create an exhibit on the original site of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair.
“Love for Sale: The Commercialization of the Counterculture” will be on display at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts museum in New Yorkstarting April 1 through the end of the year. Using a 1970s home as the backdrop, Stern’s collection will invite attendees to explore the “pervasive influence of the Counterculture on American popular culture and commerce.”