Area residents will have the opportunity to become immersed into the lives of some of the most notable contemporary musicians as seen through the camera lens of photographer Baron Wolman, as Owens Community College’s Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery opens the 2013 season with an exhibit titled “Rock On: Photographs by Baron Wolman.”
The exhibit will run Jan. 7 – March 28.
“Owens Community College is excited to present such a unique exhibition that highlights the marriage between music and the visual arts and focuses on photography as a tool for recording history,” said Wynn Perry, coordinator of the Terhune Art Gallery. “Baron Wolman is known worldwide for his amazing photography. His unique perspectives to journalistic photography, contemporary history and the creative process have merged to create some of the most iconic images of the 20th century.”
In 1967, Wolman was approached by Jann Wenner, the founder of “Rolling Stone,” to become the publication’s first chief photographer. The meeting led to Wolman witnessing and capturing the moments of arguably one the most important periods of change in popular music and culture through his camera, with the images serving as a focal point for the magazine. For three years at the publication, Wolman’s photographs were known for capturing the events and personalities as well as visualizing the music.
Over the years, Wolman’s artistic talents have been showcased in art galleries around the world. His most recent book, “Every Picture Tells A Story – Baron Wolman, The Rolling Stone Years,” highlights stories and photographs of some of the most significant artists and events of the period. Wolman’s professional background also includes sports photography, aerial photography, figure photography and portraits.
More than 30 photographs will be on display in the Owens exhibit. Featured musicians within the photographs will include James Brown, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Duke Ellington, Jim Morrison, Neil Young, Tina Turner, Chuck Berry, George Harrison and Joan Baez, among others.
In addition to the photographs, music-specific artifacts and collectibles from the 1880s through the 1980s will be showcased in the gallery.
“Rock On: Photographs by Baron Wolman” is being presented in part by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council.
In addition to the exhibit, Owens’ Center for Fine and Performing Arts will host a lecture presentation by Wolman Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. The lecture will highlight his experiences with some of the most well-known contemporary musicians of the 20th century.
The Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is located in Owens’ Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.
Admission to the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.
For additional information about the exhibit, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2721.