Museum rock exhibit now set for August

Image courtesy of the Lincoln Park Historical Museum. The late artist Gary Grimshaw designed posters for the Grande Ballroom beginning with “The Seagull,” which announced the opening weekend for the legendary venue. Grimshaw’s rock posters and other works will be on display in a special exhibit opening in August at the Lincoln Park Historical Museum.

Image courtesy of the Lincoln Park Historical Museum. The late artist Gary Grimshaw designed posters for the Grande Ballroom beginning with “The Seagull,” which announced the opening weekend for the legendary venue. Grimshaw’s rock posters and other works will be on display in a special exhibit opening in August at the Lincoln Park Historical Museum.

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – Lincoln Park Historical Museum officials await confirmation of special guests and additional pieces and have postponed a special exhibit to celebrate the life of native artist Gary Grimshaw.

Museum Curator Jeff Day said the exhibit – “Gary Grimshaw: The Master Artist’s Studio” – had originally been scheduled to open this month but instead will open Aug. 13.

Grimshaw, a 1963 Lincoln Park High School graduate, reached regional then national recognition for his psychedelic-inspired concert posters. Grimshaw’s work for the Grande Ballroom’s legendary concerts of the late 1960s served as the cornerstone for a lengthy career as an artist and graphic illustrator.

Day said plans for the exhibit – which includes Grimshaw’s drawing board and studio furniture along with prints and original artwork – began during last year’s exhibit and salute to hometown rockers The MC5. Memorabilia from the radical group’s career in the late 1960s included posters crafted by Grimshaw, a fellow LPHS student and friend of MC5 front man Rob Tyner.

For several years the MC5 served as “house band” at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit – which this fall will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its opening – and Grimshaw designed hundreds of posters of the classic rockers who graced its stage.

Grimshaw went on to serve as art director for the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival in the 1970s, had served as associate art director for Creem magazine, and designed album covers for artists including Iggy Pop. Grimshaw passed away in 2014 at age 67.

Day said the Grimshaw exhibit includes pieces that will become part of the museum’s permanent collection courtesy of the late artist’s wife, Laura.

A public reception to open the exhibit is scheduled for 4 p.m. Aug. 13. For information on the exhibit and other programs contact the Lincoln Park Historical Museum at 313-386-3137 or go to www.lphistorical.org.

(James Mitchell can be reached at james.a.mitchell37@gmail.com.)