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Front Row Center: Icons of Rock, Blues, and Soul Gallery Show
February 12, 2022 - May 1, 2022Free
February 12, 2022–May 1, 2022
D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
SPRINGFIELD, MA—Springfield Museums presents the photography exhibit Front Row Center: Icons of Rock, Blues, and Soul ,February 12–May 1, 2022, in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.
The photographs of Larry Hulst capture the freewheeling energy of live music and the enduring visual spectacle of some of rock’s greatest performers. From Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix to David Bowie and Lauryn Hill, Front Row Center: Icons of Rock, Blues, and Soul brings together over 70 images of legendary musicians and singers across three genres and generations.
“This is an exhibition for everyone, but it will be especially exciting for fans of live music and photography enthusiasts,” says Curator of Art Maggie North. “Larry Hulst’s magnetic images transport viewers to the concert hall, allowing us to witness some of the most outstanding performances in modern music history. The incredible way in which photography and music can simultaneously transport us and bring us together are at the center of this exhibition.”
The exhibition charts Hulst’s extraordinary path through the pulsing heart of the most exciting live music of the last century, showcasing a unique visual anthology of rock, blues, and soul music from 1970–1999. These images, which have been featured on album art and Rolling Stone spreads, convey Hulst’s lifelong passion for the magnetism, immediacy, and unpredictability of live music. With photos that also document unforgettable voices of funk, punk, and beyond, Front Row Center grants visitors a remarkable view of some of the most memorable performances in popular music history.
The Springfield Museums will offer Front Row Center as a bilingual exhibition, with text in Spanish and English. The experience of viewing the photographs will also be enhanced by audio and video features within the gallery, as well as an interactive photo opportunity.