Elvis at 21 Exhibition Tour Opens at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles

by Cary Scott on February 18, 2010

On January 8th, Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles launched the exhibition Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer. This extraordinary touring show was organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service with Govinda Gallery in Washington, D.C. The exhibition was curated by Govinda Gallery director Chris Murray with Amy Henderson and E. Warren Perry, Jr. of the National Portrait Gallery. A critically acclaimed book, Elvis 1956 (Welcome Books) has been published in conjunction with the exhibition. Along with Wertheimer’s remarkable photographs, the book features essays by the exhibition’s curators. Alfred Wertheimer attended the exhibition launch and signed copies of Elvis 1956 as well as copies of his monumental publication Elvis at 21: New York to Memphis (Insight Editions). For more information about Alfred Wertheimer’s photographs, including Vanity Fair’s January 2010 feature story written by Bob Colacello, go to www.govindagallery.com.

Alfred Wertheimer and friends at the Grammy Museum
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Alfred Wertheimer and friends at the Elvis at 21 exhibition. Left to Right: Jeff Greenfield (CBS Sunday Morning), Marna Schnabel, Alfred Wertheimer, Chris Murray (Govinda Gallery), Marquette Folley (Project Director, SITES), Anna Cohn (Director, SITES).

Bob Santelli and Libby O'Connell
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Grammy Museum Director Bob Santelli and The History Channel’s Libby O’Connell at the opening of Elvis at 21.

Nion McEvoy, Chris Murray, and Bob Santelli
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Nion McEvoy (Chronicle Books), Chris Murray, and Bob Santelli discussing Alfred Wertheimer’s photographs.

Chris Murray, Alfred Wertheimer, and Bob Santelli
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After the exhibition launch, Bob Santelli moderated a discussion with photographer Alfred Wertheimer and curator Chris Murray at the beautiful Grammy Museum theater.

Chris Murray, Catherine Nation, and Carlotta Hester
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Catherine Nation (Bhavantu) with Chris Murray and artist Carlotta Hester at Alfred Wertheimer’s book signing.

Elvis at 21 Installation at the Grammy Museum
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Elvis at 21 installation photo at the Grammy Museum.

Alfred Wertheimer with Carlotta Hester and Chris Murray on Venice Beach
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Alfred Wertheimer enjoying an afternoon at Venice Beach, California the day after the opening of his exhibition Elvis at 21. Left to Right: Carlotta Hester, Alfred Wertheimer, Chris Murray, and a Hare Krishna devotee.

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