Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer
June 4 - August 21, 2011
Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer, is a photographic journey of a walk to fame, created in verité fashion -- without a hint of irony -- by Al Wertheimer of one of most significant cultural icons of the twentieth century. This surprisingly relevant photographic exhibition is enhanced by the printing process. The forty 37 x 42 inch, pigment prints, produced by master Tamarind printer David Adamson, give Wertheimer's unique visual record a cinematic power that makes Elvis' road to fame palpable. Curated with an eye toward the art of the photograph, Elvis at 21 is a brilliant and fleeting moment of intimacy created by the photographer as modernist. It is a rare moment in history chronicling a time before Elvis becomes icon; before security and money build walls between him and his fans.
Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer, an exhibition developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Govinda Gallery, and the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, is sponsored nationally by HISTORY™.
To view opening night, please click on the link below.
"Elvis" and "Elvis at 21, Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer" Opening Night – June 3, 2011 from Clinton Presidential Center on Vimeo.