NYC ART: Morrison Hotel Gallery’s Era of Psychedelia Photography Exhibit

NYC ART: Morrison Hotel Gallery’s Era of Psychedelia Photography Exhibit

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The combination of music and photography has been an ever growing obsession for me over the last few years. So, given the opportunity to attend the opening of the Morrison Hotel Gallery’s Era of Psychedelia collection was one I couldn’t pass up.

On the 50th anniversary of Are You Experienced, the groundbreaking album by Jimi Hendrix, Morrison Hotel Gallery is celebrating the “age of psychedelia” with an exhibition and sale featuring Are You Experienced album cover photographer Karl Ferris. In addition to the work of Ferris, the exhibit features some of the most talented photographers of that era. This includes artists Henry Diltz, Barry Feinstein, Herb Greene, and many others.

The photographs capture culture-defining musicians who led the way for a movement that changed how people heard and experienced music. The subjects are artists such as Hendrix,  The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Cream and many others.

I didn’t grow up listening to a lot of these bands, they found their way to me. Starting first with Hendrix and Janis Joplin, and eventually moving into work of bands like The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, and The Doors. Sure, I wouldn’t call myself an expert, but I appreciate the work and its impacts on the music industry. Seeing the stunning, experimental photography in person was electrifying. Whether it was album artwork or behind the scenes and on stage moments, every photograph in the exhibit is an impactful and telling piece of history.

Want to see for yourself?  The exhibit will be at the gallery’s New York location from August 24th thru September 6th. During and after the exhibitions’ run, all photographs are available for purchase on the Morrison Hotel Gallery website.
Check out some photos of the NYC exhibit below!
Photos by Karl Ferris.

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