Checking on the Arts
Wed June 23, 2010
Checking on the Arts: "Who Shot Rock and Roll" from the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
By Kacky Walton
Memphis, TN – Kacky Walton talks with Memphis Brooks Chief Curator and Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art Marina Pacini about the upcoming traveling exhibit Who Shot Rock and Roll? The Brooks Museum website describes the show as "an exhibition about the men and women who have photographed one of the most important cultural revolutions ever, rock and roll. The music needed images to communicate its message of rebellion, freedom, and personal reinvention. The best photography of rock is skillful, sensual, sexy, creative, compelling, and underrated.
It provides not only documentary evidence of cultural change but parallels the energy and potency of the music itself. Rock photographers see themselves as going to the front lines and not returning until they capture the frenetic energy, euphoria, and freedom that is rock and roll. They say, correctly, that no one would believe in the revolution unless there were pictures.
Who Shot Rock & Roll will provide an opportunity for the public to see many of the original prints and to learn the names of the photographers who shot some of the world's most iconic images. For, like the musicians they photographed, they, too, changed the world and how we see it.
June 26-September 26, 2010 at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. For information, visit: