The ARTifacts Rocks Athens exhibit will be available at the Russell Special Collections Libraries through the end of the year.
The display cases of the Media Archives gallery are filled with guitars, including some presented in memoriam, and other instruments; album and magazine covers, buttons, bumper stickers, band flyers, photos, set lists, bar tabs, stage outfits, wigs, folk art and more colorful and quirky ephemera.
Several hundred people turned out May 1 for the opening reception/dance party for the ARTifacts Rocks Athens exhibit . The exhibit is a collaboration between the Art Rocks Athens Foundation and the Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.
Celebrities including Cindy Wilson of the B-52s and Vanessa Briscoe Hay and Michael Lachowski of Pylon attended.
“Artists and musicians created a kooky, quirky lifestyle fueled by boatloads of imagination and very little else,” explains the foundation website. “That ability to take something old, see its potential, and use it in a new way was an integral part of the 1975-85 era. This exhibition is a fun ramble through the jumble of the collective closet of a generation of people who developed style of their own – in art, in music, and in life – and shared it with the world.”