April 20 Through June 13, 2010
ELVIS AT 21: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALFRED WERTHEIMER
In 1956, a twenty-one-year-old Elvis Presley was at the beginning of his remarkable career. Up-and-coming photographer Alfred Wertheimer (American, 1929- ) was asked by Presley’s new label, RCA Victor, to photograph the “Hillbilly Cat” rising star from Mississippi. Wertheimer traveled with Elvis Presley, capturing the unguarded moments in Elvis’s life during that crucial year, a year that took him from Tupelo, Mississippi to the silver screen, and to the verge of international stardom and his crowning as “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” These Wertheimer classic images represent the only candid photos of Elvis ever taken. Shortly after, Elvis’s manager, “the Colonel,” restricted access to the young singer. From backstage to onstage, from piano benches to Harleys, from on-the-road to screaming fans, Elvis at 21 presents 40 large-format photographs that chronicle with cinematic luminosity, a remarkable time when Elvis could sit alone at a drugstore lunch counter.
Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Govinda Gallery, and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, and is made possible through the generous support of HISTORY™.
About the Museum
One of South Florida’s finest cultural attractions, the Boca Raton Museum of Art presents changing exhibitions of national and international importance, and a wide range of educational programs, lectures, gallery tours, and studio art classes. The Museum’s permanent collection includes a superb assembly of modern masters including works by Degas, Arman, Matisse, Modigliani and Picasso; important American and European modern and contemporary works by artists ranging from Louise Nevelson to Andy Warhol; an outstanding photography collection; and important collections of Pre-Columbian and African art.
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