Who Shot Rock and Roll

First Night Akron 2011

By Beth Govern, Visitor Services Coordinator

First Night Akron 2011 was an evening of family fun and entertainment at the Akron Art Museum.  Families had an opportunity to express their creativity by participating in Akron Draws, organized by local artist Linda Hutchinson.  Artist wannabees of all ages were encouraged to draw, doodle and sketch.  You Shot Rock and Roll was another activity offered to families.  Family members of all ages enjoyed creating their own album covers inspired by the Who Shot Rock and Roll exhibition.

The lobby was full of music from musicians such as Neil Jacobs, the EKCO Ringers and Bongo Joe & Little Steve-O.  In the auditorium families enjoyed other entertainment including the OPA Dance Company, Maidens IV and A Minor Bird.  Both areas were buzzing with families throughout the entire night!

Overall, the evening was a memorable way to ring in 2011.  Thank you to all who came out and spent New Years with us.  Wishing all of you a happy and healthy new year from the Akron Art Museum!

*Don’t forget that our latest exhibition, Who Shot Rock and Roll, closes on January 23rd, 2011!  You won’t want to miss it!


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

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.