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National Heritage Museum to Present American Music Exhibit

The National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Mass., will pay tribute to American music history in an exhibit titled “Gershwin to Gillespie: Portraits in American Music,” April 15 through Sept. 17. The exhibit will feature portraits of George Gershwin, Dizzy Gillespie, Leonard Bernstein, Lukas Foss, John Philip Sousa, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin and many others from photographers including Philippe Halsman and Annie Leibovitz.

Guest curator of the exhibit Olivia Mattis said in a press release that the 50 images displayed in the exhibit give a “wonderful cross-section of American musical life.” Mattis continued, “In putting together the exhibition I looked for images by photographers who were at least as well known as the subjects. I was not interested in snapshots nor in publicity shots. Rather, I looked for images where the photographer and the musician were engaged in a creative dialogue.”

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