On October 16, 2011 the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley
will present its re-opening show Shared Treasure: The Legacy of Samuel H. Kress. This exhibition, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Kress Collection gift, will feature 44 works from the museums permanent collection. The exhibition will also feature 30 additional works borrowed from other key museums across the country that also received Kress gifts such as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Columbia Museum of Art, Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame, Georgia Museum of Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College and the Indiana University Art Museum. Shared Treasure will run from October 16, 2011 January 15, 2012.
Following Shared Treasure the museum will celebrate its GRAND re-opening with the exhibition Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, which will run from February 11 May 13, 2012. This exhibition contains more than 175 images including album cover art, candid snapshots, publicity portraits and images of live performances of popular artists ranging from Elvis and the Beatles to Amy Winehouse.
Who Shot Rock & Roll contains images from photographers such as David LaChapelle, Diane Arbus, Linda McCartney, Richard Avedon, Amy Arbus, Annie Leibovitz and Ernest Withers. Their images capture the essence of the rock and roll genre - rebellion, freedom and personal reinvention and expression. These skillful, sensual, sexy, creative and compelling images are among the best representations of rock photography, past and present.
Broken into six sections, Who Shot Rock & Roll will be a departure from the images fans so frequently find in popular print materials: candid and revealing Behind the Scenes images; electric and sexy photographs of Live Performances; fervent and adoring Crowds and Fans are immortalized in black and white, showcasing an important part of rocks image; soulful Portraits that show the heart and creativity of the artists rather than focusing on the celebrity; baby pictures of Young Artists that grew up to become legends; and Conceptual Images & Album Covers that showcase the imagination that many photographers have used to find visual equivalents for the music.