“The Sepia Magazine Photo Archive: Blues in Review” Traveling Exhibition Opens April 29, 2017 at the National Blues Museum
Curator, Carole L. Anthony, to Give Free Talk at 12 pm
St. Louis, Mo – April 4, 2017: The National Blues Museum announced its next traveling exhibition, “The Sepia Magazine Photo Archive: Blues in Review” presented by curator, Carole L. Anthony. The collection features rare images of some of the most influential people in music and pop culture’s history, including over 30 photographs of blues artists such as W.C. Handy, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bobby Blue Bland and more.
To coincide with the exhibit’s April 29 opening, Anthony will give a free Curator’s Talk from 12 pm to 1 pm in the museum’s Lumière Place Legends Room. The talk will be moderated by Jacqueline K. Dace, Director of Internal Affairs with the National Blues Museum. The talk is free and open to the public.
“This exhibit captures the history of what was happening in America as told through the voices of African Americans and complements the narrative of the museum as it, too, takes you on a historical journey told through the voices of blues men and women,” says Dion Brown, Executive Director of the National Blues Museum.
Sepia, published from the late 1940s to the early 1980s, was a photo and journalistic magazine that carefully and purposefully documented American popular culture and African American history with special attention to its predominantly southern and overseas military audience. As a reflection of the magazine’s purpose, the photographs symbolize the diversity, character and significance of its subjects.
“When I look at the images of this exhibition, that were part of Sepia Magazine, I’m transported back to a time when African American artists and entertainers were largely ignored by the wider world,” says Dace. “To me, these photographs represent the innovation of spirit by creating a mechanism of sharing the positive imagery of an underrepresented group of people.”
A select group of photographs from the collection debuted at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio in 2009. The “Blues in Review” collection makes it St. Louis debut on April 29, 2017 and will be housed in the Scott and Diane McCuaig and Family Gallery through October 13, 2017.
For information about the exhibit, contact Jacqueline K. Dace, Director of Internal Affairs, at [email protected]. For media inquiries, please contact Sherry Nash at (314) 925-0016 ext. 438 or at [email protected].
About the National Blues Museum
The National Blues Museum is dedicated to preserving and honoring the history and legacy of Blues music and its impact on American and world culture. Located in Downtown St. Louis in the Mercantile Exchange (MX) district, the museum is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to be the premier entertainment and educational resource focused on the blues as the foundation of American music. Voted as a top travel destination in 2016 by The New York Times, Smithsonian.com, and CNN, the National Blues Museum uses artifact-driven exhibits, live performances and interactive galleries to perpetuate blues culture for future generations of artists, fans and historians. Conveniently located at the center of St. Louis’s convention and tourism district, the museum is within walking distance of the iconic Gateway Arch, the home venues of the MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals and the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, and many other attractions and amenities. For more information, visit www.nationalbluesmuseum.org. To stay connected, follow @NatBluesMuseum on Twitter, @NationalBluesMuseum on Instagram, and like “National Blues Museum” on Facebook.