Elvis is in the building! Oct. 10 at Jule Collins Smith Museum at Auburn University

AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents “Elvis at 21, New York to Memphis: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer,” on view in the Bill L. Harbert Gallery from Oct. 10 – Jan. 9. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with Govinda Gallery, Washington, D.C.

The images not only portray what is viewed as a more innocent period in Presley’s life that would vanish in the wake of his superstardom, they also constitute an important visual document of post-World War II America.

Assigned by Elvis’ record label, RCA Victor, for a one-day photo shoot in 1956, Wertheimer said he was so struck by the rising young star’s charisma and photogenic persona that he felt compelled to continue documenting the everyday moments in Elvis’s life during that transformative year.

This exhibition of more than forty gelatin-silver prints at the Jule Collins Smith Museum offers audiences an opportunity to view the works in their original format. This exhibition precedes a planned national tour, organized by the Smithsonian Instituion, of Wertheimer’s images reproduced as pigment prints.

Alfred Wertheimer, an American born in Germany in 1929, began his career as a photojournalist in the early 1950s, producing work for Colliers, Life, Look and Paris Match. He covered the presidential campaigns of John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Other subjects of his photography include Leonard Bernstein, Annette Funicello, the Hassidic Jews of Brooklyn, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nina Simone and Elizabeth Taylor. Wertheimer also worked as one of the principal cinematographers for the documentary film, “Woodstock.”

For more information about this exhibition and related events, go to http://jcsm.auburn.edu/exhibitions/current/09_10_elvis_at_21.php.

Contact: Marilyn Laufer, (334) 844-1488 (main number) or (334) 844-1486 (direct), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)

Going Home, Elvis on the Southern Railroad between Chattanooga and Memphis, TN, July 4, 1956.

"Going Home, Elvis on the Southern Railroad between Chattanooga and Memphis, TN, July 4, 1956."