The Spirit of a Generation by Elliott Landy
The official photographer of the Woodstock Festival makes his Montreal premiere in the Galerie Lounge TD
Montreal, Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and the Galerie Lounge TD in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan are immensely proud to offer the first-ever Montreal presentation of The Spirit of a Generation, a treasure trove of 68 photographs taken in the late ’60s by renowned American photographer Elliott Landy, each accompanied by commentary from the artist himself. From October 14 to December 24, the exhibition will evoke an era and a generation that left their mark on history and shook the music world, presenting photos of some of the greatest music legends of the ’60s and of the Woodstock Festival, for which Elliott Landy was the official photographer. It’s an emotionally-charged trip back in time-especially for Baby Boomers!-and an opportunity to re-experience this legendary era and all the artists (most of them captured in the full flower of their youth) who symbolized it. Free admission.
Elliott began his photographic career in the turbulent ’60s, while the Vietnam War raged and young Americans protested and rejected established traditional values. When the mainstream press balked at publishing his photos of anti-war protests, he offered them for free to underground newspapers in New York City, where he lived. He would therefore gain access not only to the political scene of the moment, but above all to the great countercultural movement known as rock’n'roll.
From 1967 to 1969, Elliott would bring his camera backstage, onstage or to the homes of a who’s-who of emerging rock’n'roll superstars: Bob Dylan, The Band, Janis Joplin, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Jim Morrison, Joan Baez, Eric Clapton and many others. In 1969, he was the official photographer of the Woodstock Festival, where over 500,000 assembled to revel in music and celebrate life and a new way of being.
His photographs have been published the world over, adorned albums including Nashville Skyline by Bob Dylan, and appeared on the covers of major magazines including Rolling Stone, Life and the Saturday Evening Post.
The Galerie Lounge TD
Permanently installed on the second floor of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan in an airy, spacious location featuring a comfortable lounge perfect for contemplation or conversation, the Galerie Lounge TD, a non-profit organization, celebrates its first anniversary on October 22. In under a year of existence, the Galerie has already welcomed 17,000 visitors, drawn by exhibitions of works by Zïlon, Leonard Cohen and late, lamented jazz photographer Herman Leonard. The Galerie showcases the original works of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal collection, many of which the general public rarely has a chance to see. They include the creations of Jean-Paul Riopelle, Marcel Barbeau, Corno, Armand Vaillancourt, Francis X. Pavy, Zïlon, Lhasa De Sela, Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Frédéric Back, Miyuki Tanobe and Yves Archambault, artist in residence and the Festival’s poster designer for over 20 years. Limited-edition signed and numbered silkscreens are also on display, including works by Robert Lapalme and Alfred Pellan, which can be bought exclusively at the Galerie Lounge TD.
In addition to its permanent collection, the Galerie Lounge TD presents large-scale exhibitions featuring world-renowned artists, painters and photographers. In summertime, the Galerie relocates to a tent erected outside on the Festival site, right in the heart of the action.
The Galerie is certainly the ideal space to house artwork that may prove to be an excellent investment in the fullness of time. Moreover, it offers valuable support to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, a non-profit organization, as all Galerie revenue is devoted to financing the Festival’s free outdoor concert schedule.
Even more memories…
Fans visiting the exhibition can also avail themselves of the many resources at hand in the new Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse, located just above the Galerie, on the 3rd floor. Thousands of visitors, journalists and musicians have already discovered this new jazz resource centre and cinémathèque, screening concerts and interviews or flipping through the library of jazz magazines and books. The unique collection in the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse-along with the one in Montreux, the largest of its kind in the world-is a massive treasure trove of jazz memorabilia: visitors will discover the collected printed archives of the Festival, tens of thousands of photographs and articles, the programs from the last 30 editions of the event, an impressive collection of Festival audiovisual recordings, including hundreds of concerts (many of them uncut and never before seen), interviews and coverage, excerpts from press conferences, rehearsals, etc., as well as the immense and unique Festival CD collection (over 5000 albums!). This magnificent temple of jazz history, inaugurated this past June 22, is accessible to the public free of charge and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. Take the elevator in the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan.
The Spirit of a Generation
Galerie Lounge TD
Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan
305 Ste. Catherine Street West, 2nd Floor - 514 288-8882 - galerieloungetd.montrealjazzfest.com
Tuesday - Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.*
Thursday - Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.*
*Open until 8 pm on concert nights in L’Astral
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