“Let’s Rock,” an exhibition at Fahey/Klein Gallery, reveals a compelling survey of works by some of the most prolific photographers. Shaping the identity of Rock & Roll as a social and cultural revolution, photography has been complicit in perpetuating music and its protagonists to legendary status. In a 2009 exhibit, the Brooklyn Museum of Art canonized the genre in “Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History 1960 – Present.” Now with 38 works of its own on view, Fahey/Klein brings rock’s pivotal moments to the Miami Design District.
“Let’s Rock” is a consummate mix of classic rock and contemporary shots of memorable and provocative music scenes. Candid, seductive and full of passion, energy and sex appeal, they have been curated to shape the viewer’s consciousness of the times. Amongst the definitive selection, “Let’s Rock” features Harry Benson’s playful shot of The Beatles’ pillow fight at the George V Hotel in Paris; Frank Stefanko’s confident Bruce Springsteen at the beginning of his career; Danny Clinch’s unguarded image of Eddie Vedder writing lyrics; and Jim Marshall’s legendary shot of Johnny Cash flipping the bird to the camera while performing at San Quentin Prison in 1969. Audiences are even given a window into Bob Dylan’s celebrity with a photograph by Barry Feinstein of fans peering into the star’s limousine.
The exhibition conveys both the glamorous, exhilarating allure of rock and its intimate, tender and more playful moments - it’s an invitation, front-row center. Additional contributors include Joel Brodsky, Henry Diltz, Bob Gruen, Daniel Kramer, Gered Mankowitz, Ken Marcus, Jean Marie Perier, Herb Ritts, Norman Seeff, Laurie Lynn Stark, Bruce Talamon, and Ellen von Unwerth.
“Let’s Rock” runs through June 13, 2015 at the Fahey/Klein Gallery Miami, located at 4025 2nd Ave. on the Second Floor of the Chrome Hearts building (2nd Avenue, between 40th and 41st St). For more information, visit www.faheykleingallery.com.