“Who Shot Rock & Roll” is the first major museum exhibition on rock and roll to put photographers in the foreground, acknowledging their creative and collaborative role in the history of rock music.
From its earliest days, rock and roll was captured in photographs that personalized, and frequently eroticized, the musicians, creating a visual identity for the genre. The photographers were handmaidens to the rock ‘n’ roll revolution, and their images communicate the social and cultural transformations that rock has fostered since the 1950s.
The exhibition is in six sections: rare and revealing images taken behind the scenes; tender snapshots of young musicians at the beginnings of their careers; exhilarating photographs of live performances that display the energy, passion, style, and sex appeal of the band on stage; powerful images of the crowds and fans that are often evocative of historic paintings; portraits revealing the soul and creativity, rather than the surface and celebrity, of the musicians; and conceptual images and album covers highlighting the collaborative efforts between the image makers and the musicians.
“Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present” is organized by the Brooklyn Museum with guest curator Gail Buckland.
The Tucson Museum of Art is a private, non-profit museum. Admission is $8, $6 for seniors ages 60 and older and veterans, $3 for students ages 13 and older, and free for children ages 12 and younger, military with ID, and museum members.
Admission is free for everyone on the first Sunday of each month.
The museum is located on a full city block bounded by West Alameda, North Main Avenue, West Washington, and North Meyer in the historic El Presidio neighborhood located in the heart of downtown Tucson.
Free parking is offered in the museum lot on the north end of the historic block off Washington Street. Metered street parking is also available as well as a number of pay parking garages/lots around the museum.
The museum is closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.