Sean-Patrick M. Hillman
Dead Heads Rejoice as “One More Saturday Night” Debuts Rare Exhibition of Grateful Dead Photographs & Backstage Tour Iconography To Be Showcased at POP International Galleries.
It’ll be “One More Saturday Night” at POP International Galleries on Saturday, September 7, 2013! Featuring rarely before seen photographs and tour iconography of one of the greatest legends in music history, Grateful Dead, “One More Saturday Night” promises to be the POP event of the season; giving Deadheads, art and music lovers a once in a lifetime opportunity to see truly historic imagery that captured one of the greatest bands ever.
Featuring the photography of Roberto Rabanne and Antonio Reonegro, “One More Saturday Night” will showcase rarely before seen images of Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, Phil Lesh, and Bill Kreutzmann on tour throughout their storied career as well as images of coveted backstage passes designed by Reonegro. Rabanne often toured with the band after befriending Jerry Garcia who gave the photographer VIP access and allowed him to do several studies of the group over the years and Reonegro was given the special job of designing the graphics for The Dead.
When the Grateful Dead took the stage, the venue issued thousands of tickets, but only a fortunate few were able to get their hands on the illustrious Backstage Pass. Antonio Reonegro was commissioned by the band to create unique artworks for backstage passes that told the story, with each tour representing a chapter in the book. The chapters all worked around a common theme, like a unique geographical region or an adaptation of pop culture imagery. Tony went on to create 155 backstage passes for the band over a six-year period. Due to their ephemeral nature, these rarely seen mementos had all but disappeared with collectors paying large sums for actual passes. But now, this limited edition collection of work released by Reonegro, have allowed for the passes and never-before-seen designs to rise from the Dead!
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, the band, led by the late Jerry Garcia, has inspired generations of musicians and fans. This exhibition will give a behind the scenes look at a group of guys who have made a tremendous impact on the music industry and American culture over three decades through photography and tour imagery.
Grateful Dead was known for its unique and eclectic style which fused together rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, country and jazz bringing together the largest following for any band in history. Known as “Dead Heads”, these dedicated fans would travel to every corner of the globe to see their favorite act jam out “Touch of Grey”, “Casey Jones”, “Truckin’”, “Bertha” and many more.
“Grateful Dead is as iconic as you can get for a band. From the music that brought together different genres to create a unique sound to the imagery that reflected the style of the band, Grateful Dead is one of those rare groups that is timeless. Being able to celebrate this legendary group that had such an impact on POP culture at our gallery is an honor,” said Jeff Jaffe, Owner, POP International Galleries.
“One More Saturday Night” Opening Night will be on Saturday, September 7th from 7 – 9pm with the artists and special guests in attendance. The exhibition will open to the public at POP International Gallery’s SoHo location (473 West Broadway) on Sunday, September 8th. For RSVP information to opening night, please log on to www.popinternational.com or e-mail RSVP@popinternational.com.
About POP International Galleries
POP International Galleries is at the forefront of the POP art movement with two unique art galleries in New York City, with its flagship gallery located on West Broadway in the heart of SoHo and a Midtown location on 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue; as well as the newly launched POPuk, an online only version of the legendary gallery in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1997 by Jeff Jaffe, POP International specializes in Pop Art, graphic art, urban art, sculpture, photography, and art that is derived from or influenced by popular culture. As the only street level Pop Art gallery in SoHo, with an impressive roster of highly regarded artists, both emerging and famed, Pop International Galleries is a great source for all collectors and art admirers. POP International Galleries also believes that an educational component is vital to collectors and the community at large. Events at the gallery often include guest lectures and discussions, screenings and slide shows as well as charitable tie-ins, making POP International Galleries very much a part of the community at large. For more information visit www.popInternational.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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