Padzieski Gallery celebrates Detroit rock music history with exhibit

Photo courtesy of John Collier. “Bob Seger at Scott Fountain, Belle Isle.”

Photo courtesy of John Collier. “Bob Seger at Scott Fountain, Belle Isle.”

DEARBORN – Detroit’s contribution to the history of rock ’n’ roll will be the focus of an exhibition at Padzieski Art Gallery Sept. 9 too Oct. 8.

Presented by the Dearborn Community Arts Council and 60’s Girl Productions, “An Exhibition of Detroit Rock Posters and Photography” will begin with an opening party and reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and conclude with a concert Oct. 8 featuring The Yardbirds and Frijid Pink.

The exhibition closing date also will be a major, all-day celebration at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center of the 50th anniversary of Detroit’s legendary Grande Ballroom re-envisioned in the 1960’s by Dearborn’s “Rock Royalty” Russ Gibb. Go to thegrandeballroom.com for tickets and more information.

While some historians acknowledge San Francisco and Detroit as equally central to the early formation of counterculture and psychedelic poster art, the exhibit presents the work of award-winning photographers Leni Sinclair and John Collier as well as world famous poster artists Gary Grimshaw, Carl Lundgren, Dennis Loren, and Mark Arminski.

The exhibit, which covers 1966 to 2016, will include rare images of Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Bob, Seger, Jim Morrison and David Bowie, as well as iconic photographs of The MC5, John Lennon, Prince and Jimi Hendrix.

Photo courtesy of Leni Sinclair. A 1968 photo of The MC5, which formed in Lincoln Park and rose to national fame.

Photo courtesy of Leni Sinclair. A 1968 photo of The MC5, which formed in Lincoln Park and rose to national fame.

Original posters and prints of rockers from The Who, The Stooges and Donovan to Patti Smith, Kid Rock and The White Stripes also will be displayed and available for sale.

The Padzieski Gallery is in the Ford Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and select weekends. For more information call 313-943-3095 or go to www.dcacarts.org.

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