Current Traveling Exhibit:
Kirk West Photography: The Blues in Black and White
Curator, Kirsten West and Kirk West
Dates of Exhibition: Nov. 4, 2017 – Feb. 4, 2018
Kirk West, is a professional photographer who has an extensive collection of photographs of Blues icons. Most of these photographs were taken in Chicago where Kirk was a contract photographer with the Chicago Tribune and the Sun-Times. He worked with Bruce Iglauer, the founder of Alligator Records, for many years and took many albums cover photographs of the Alligator Blues stars. Kirk left his home in Iowa and moved to Chicago specifically because he loved the Blues and wanted to be closer to the source.
- 65 Images including Albert King, Albert Collins, Son Seals, ZZ Top, James Brown, BB King, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Muddy Waters, Etta James, Gatemouth Brown, Bobby Blue Bland, Willie Dixon, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor and of course, the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi and Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule and many more.
- Four canvas prints, featuring Bob Marley and Tom Waits
- Framed 30×30 prints of Buddy Guy and Etta James
- “See That My Grave is Kept Clean”
A personal collection of etchings from gravestones of Blues artist.
John Wegrzyn, Curator
- February 17th – May 19th 2018
The exhibit entitled “ See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” is taken from a song by Blind Lemon Jefferson and includes rubbings of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Memphis Minnie, Professor Longhair and dozens more.
John Wegrzyn has traveled the United States visiting grave sites of famous blues musicians for the past 20 years. About 10 years ago he created gravestone rubbings on album record sleeves from these sites. This process transforms the images of the gravestone onto paper making a unique artful homage to each musician.
- Expressions of the Blues by Carol Boss
June 2nd – September 29th 2018
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