Imagine your favorite legendary rock star. Now think of your favorite picture of him of her. Chances are that photo was taken by Herb Ritts.
You probably have seen Ritts’ work a thousand times looking out from the newsstand from the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. A stellar display of some of his most famous photos will open at the Chrysler Museum on Friday, June 24. It’s called “Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits” and it runs through September 18.
The show came to the Chrysler though a collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, where the exhibition originated last year. There is also some fun rock and roll memorabilia on display for you to see along with the photos.
“Herb Ritts often took the picture that now comes to mind when you think of your favorite rock star,” says Acting Curator of Photography Seth Feman, who co-curates the show with Deputy Director Susan Leidy.
Ritts, who was HIV positive, died of pneumonia at the age of 50 in 2002. The exhibition is presented by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in collaboration with the Herb Ritts Foundation, which advances the art of photography and supports HIV/AIDS causes in a manner that reflects the spirit and values that Ritts exemplified during his lifetime.
Click below for a special sneak peek at this show and hear from Feman about how it all came together.