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Alfred Wertheimer  (American, 1929-), Going Home, 1956. © Alfred Wertheimer. All rights reserved.

Alfred Wertheimer (American, 1929), Going Home, 1956. © Alfred Wertheimer. All rights reserved.

Boca Raton Museum of Art

April 20 - June 13, 2010

Photojournalist Alfred Wertheimer was hired by RCA Victor in 1956 to shoot promotional images of a recently signed 21-year-old recording artist, Elvis Presley. Wertheimer’s instincts to “tag along” with the artist after the assignment and the resulting images provide us today with a first and last unguarded look at Elvis before he exploded onto the scene and became one of the most exciting performers of his time.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is hosting “Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer.” The new Smithsonian traveling exhibition presents fifty-six of Wertheimer’s striking images, which constitute an important visual document of post-World War II America. The exhibition opens April 20, 2010 and continues through June 13, 2010.

Wertheimer - a young, New York freelance photojournalist - had unparalleled access and documented Elvis on the road, backstage, in concert, in the recording studio and at home in Memphis, Tenn. “Colonel” Tom Parker, Elvis’ manager, restricted contact just a short time later.

Developed collaboratively by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Govinda Gallery, and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and made possible through the generous support of History.TM, “Elvis at 21″ will travel to museums around the country through 2013.

“Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer.” (April 20 - June 13, 2010)

Boca Raton Museum of Art. 501 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Ratón, FL  33432


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