The Art of Rock and Roll

Monday, February 02, 2009
SNHU Communications Office

The McIninch Art Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University will present “The Art of Rock and Roll” from Feb. 26  through April 4. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in Robert Frost Hall. Music will be provided by three bands organized by Professor Rick Cook. These events are free and open to the public.
Posters, concert programs and record albums elevated the electric creativity of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1960s. Graphic designers from the San Francisco Bay area and Detroit dominated the design market of that time. The period’s most notable artists, Stanley Mouse, Rick Griffin, Randy Tuten and Mark Arminski, are some who will be represented in this exhibition. Others include Bob Masse, Gary Houston and Michael Everett. 

The lifestyle and music of the San Francisco Bay area in the 1960s was portrayed with skill and dedication by some of the decade’s most talented artists. Artists such as Mouse and Alton Kelley forever changed the way advertisements would be made. They reached back into the depths of art history, borrowing designs from movements such as art nouveau and art deco and using influences from Egypt, Asia and even other artists, such as Piet Mondrian. Not only were the posters made to advertise upcoming events and musicians on the rise, they also popularized the use of graphic design. 

The exhibition was curated by Susan Kovach, a senior at SNHU and the first student to curate an exhibition for the McIninch Art Gallery.

Please call Debbie Disston at 603.629.4622, e-mail or visit online for additional information. The McIninch Art Gallery, which was made possible by a generous gift from the McIninch Foundation, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays. All gallery events are free and open to the public.

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