COOPERSTOWN – “Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits” was a game-changer for The Fenimore Art Museum.
“Our admissions at The Fenimore were up 13 percent from last year,” said Paul D’Ambrosio, president. “This tells us that we need to keep appealing to a broader, younger audience.”
The portraits – Monday, Sept. 2, is the exhibit’s last day – include Madonna, David Bowie, Prince and other music icons. It was loaned by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Herb Ritts Foundation. Also on view are costumes and instruments on loan from the Rock & Roll Hall.
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COOPERSTOWN – Even before the Herb Ritts exhibit arrived from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to The Fenimore Museum, the institutions shared a commonality.
“Ahmet Ertegun, who co-founded the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, was Gene Thaw’s roommate in college,” said Greg Harris, president.
The Herb Ritts photography exhibit, on loan from the Rock & Roll Hall through Labor Day, is on display across from the Thaw collection.
Harris was on hand for this year’s rock-themed Fenimore Museum Gala on Friday, July 12, where he gave a keynote speech about the relationships between music and art. “He went back in time and touched on a lot of things,” said Todd Kenyon, director of marketing.
The gala also included a live auction with auctioneer Don Raddatz, with grass-fed beef items from the Green Cow, Templeton Hall rentals and Bump Tavern dinner parties.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame president Greg Harris, pictured at right, was the moderator of this afternoon’s panel discussion on the “Fenimore Rocks! Herb Ritts and the Image of Rock Music” exhibit currently on display at the Fenimore Art Museum. The talk, which featured Rory Ritts, Herb Ritts’ brother, Laurie Kratochvil, photography director at Rolling Stone, and music historian John Covach, pictured above, who discussed the work of Ritts and took questions from the audience. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta
COOPERSTOWN – At the Fenimore Art Museum, there’s a whole room dedicated to Madonna.
Not “Giotto” or “Pieta” – The Material Girl.
“Herb Ritts photographed her 36 different times,” said Todd Kenyon, director of communications. “The first time he shot her, she swore she’d never work with him again – and then she saw the pictures.”
“Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits” opened this past Tuesday, April 2. A collaboration between the Fenimore, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Herb Ritts Foundation, the exhibit includes 100 of Ritts’ iconic rock photography, as well as related artifacts from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
“It’s a little different than we’ve done in the past,” said Paul D’Ambrosio, Fenimore president. “We’ve always had photo exhibits, but this is a whole different feel, a whole different experience.”
The show was curated in collaboration with the Herb Ritts Foundation, which advised on layout. “They were the ones who suggested Madonna have a separate space,” said D’Ambrosio. “When we put it all up on the wall, we realized they knew what they were talking about.”
OPENING – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Art Museum opens for the season featuring new exhibits “Elephant & Piggie in WE ARE ART!”, and “Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits” courtesy of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
COOPERSTOWN – An exhibit of Herb Ritts’ famous photo portraits of rock stars from the Rock & Roll Museum in Cleveland opens Tuesday at The Fenimore Art Museum.
It one of six exhibits opening that same day, and 12 in all are planned over the summer.
With a minimalist style and mastery of natural light, photographer Ritts (1952–2002) is known for turning starts into icons. This is the first curated collection of his photos, including David Bowie, Tina Turner, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Prince, Cher, Madonna and many more.
Museum’s Biggest Show To Feature Photos Of Madonna, Cher, All Of Rock’s Greatest
By LIBBY CUDMORE
Madonna is coming to Cooperstown. So is David Bowie. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Tina Turner will be here too, part of “Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits,” due to open April 2 at The Fenimore Art Museum. “There are more than 100 pieces to this collection,” said curator Chris Rossi. “It’s the largest show we’ve ever put on.”
Ritts’ “Rock Portraits” debuted at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2015. “There’s a whole different element to his rock portraiture. It’s not just the visual connection, there’s a sonic connection as well,” said Greg Harris, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame president (and a CGP graduate.)
COOPERSTOWN – Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and more will grace the walls of The Fenimore Museum, beginning April 2, as an exhibit, “Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits,” opens.
On loan from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, the exhibit will feature some of the iconic rock photographer’s best known portraits, including David Bowie, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Elton John and more.