Henry Diltz, Tina Turner, Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, October 1985. Print from 35 mm transparency, © Henry Diltz
Ian Dickson, The Ramones, 1977, gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 in., Ian Dickson | www.late20thcenturyboy.com
Andy Earl, Bow Wow Wow, 1981, chromogenic print, 24 x 30 in., "See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy!" photo by Andy Earl
Alfred Wertheimer, Elvis Whispers Softly, 1956, gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 in., photograph © Alfred Wertheimer, The Wertheimer Collection
Danny Clinch, Tupac Shakur, August 1993, gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 in., Courtesy of Danny Clinch

Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present

October 23, 2010 - January 23, 2011
Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries

For the first time as a major museum exhibition, the story of rock and roll is being told from the perspective of the men and women who not only chronicled the genre, but defined it comprehensively - the photographers. Acknowledging both their creative and collaborative role in the history of rock music, the exhibition features 163 works of photography and eight videos by over 100 photograhers and videographers including Richard Avedon, Anton Corbijn, Diane Arbus, Annie Leibovitz and many others.

Organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art with guest curator Gail Buckland, Who Shot Rock & Roll is broken into six sections: rare and revealing images taken behind the scenes; tender snapshots of young musicians at the beginnings of their careers; exhilarating photographs of live performances that display the energy, passion, style and sex appeal of the band on stage; powerful images of the crowds and fans that are often evocative of historic paintings; portraits revealing the soul and creativity, rather than the surface and celebrity, of the musicians; and conceptual images and album covers highlighting the collaborative efforts between the image makers and musicians.

Also featured in the exhibition, courtesy of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, are five costumes worn by Phil Spector, Elton John, Tina Turner, Fred Schneider and Madonna.

Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present is organized by the Brooklyn Museum with guest curator Gail Buckland.

Its presentation in Akron is made possible in part by a generous gift from the Adam Fund of Akron Community Foundation with additional funding from the Thomas & Lisa Mandel Fund of the Morton and Barbara Mandel Family Foundation, WAKR/WONE, Scene Magazine and House of LaRose.


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Craft Akron Presents “CraftStock,” a Series of Rock-Inspired Crafts

This fall/winter, Craft Akron will offer a number of Who Shot Rock & Roll inspired classes. Create a summer of love inspired tie dye ensemble, a macramé belt or a Woodstock-worthy beaded headband. Learn how to convert old, worn concert tee-shirts into a beautiful quilt. For more information on class times and dates, check out the Craft Akron website at: http://craftakron.com.

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