Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock and Roll Photography Now Open

Mick Rock, David Bowie, 1974


Katrina Craven (423) 752-2070

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (March 1, 2012) -  Experience rock ‘n’ roll on the Bluff as the Hunter Museum features “Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock and Roll Photography,” May 5 through Aug. 12, 2012.

This exhibition presents 40 stunning, large-scale prints of many notable musicians, songwriters, and performers of the last half of the 20th century. Taken by 20 accomplished photographers of the genre, the featured works help define the musical artists who created rock and roll.

Since the 1950’s rock and roll has developed as the most significant musical movement in contemporary culture. Helping define fashion, language, politics, and community, rock continues to inspire and entertain audiences throughout the world.

Starting with photographs of influential Blues musicians and early innovators such as Elvis Presley, through the British Invasion, protest music and the Psychedelic 60’s, soul music, metal, glam rock, reggae, punk, grunge, and ending with hip-hop recording artists such as Tupac Shakur and Jay-Z, “Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock & Roll Photography” explores the dynamic connection between the power of music and photography. 

Guest curator Christopher Murray, with permission of the photographers and their estates, collaborated with David Adamson of Adamson Additions to create new large scale digital prints from original negatives and chromes. These new prints contain an immense amount of detail, unobtainable from traditional photographic printing methods.

This exhibition of large-scale prints was organized by The Columbus Museum, Georgia and guest curator Christopher Murray of Govinda Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Listen Up

As part of the “Sound and Vision” experience, visitors are invited to enjoy the Hunter’s in-gallery audio lounge featuring recording from Bob Dylan, George Harrison, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, The Doors, David Bowie, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Queen and others. Many of the featured recordings have been remastered in 5.1 surround sound and will be presented in full or matrix surround. The listening lounge, located in the corner of the gallery and also features supporting material for the exhibition.

Southern Exposure: Four Viewpoints

To complement the Sound and Vision exhibit, the Hunter Museum will present “Southern Exposure: Four Viewpoints,” an exhibit that highlights Southern photographers and Southern themes from its collection. Included will be works by artists William Christenberry, Mark Steinmetz and Sally Mann, and a suite of works by William Eggleston on loan to the Hunter from John Marek.

Sound and Vision Related Events

  • Thursday, May 10: Sound and Vision: Curator Kristen Miller Zohn Speaks, 6 p.m. cash bar, 6:30 talk

Kristen Miller Zohn, Columbus Museum of Art Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, shares the stories behind Sound and Vision.

  • Thursday, May 17: Sound and Vision: A Photographer’s View, 6 p.m.

UTC assistant professor of photography, media arts and graphic design Lakshmi Luthra will be discuss Sound and Vision as well as celebrity photography, history and process.

  • Friday, May 18: Sound and Vision: Rock the Bluff

Everyone is invited to celebrate the “Sound and Vision” exhibit with a great party featuring a rock ‘n’ roll band, great food and drinks. This ticketed event is sponsored by Avant-art. Tickets may be purchased by calling 423.267.0968 or at

  • Thursday, May 24 : Sound and Vision: Another View of Jim Morrison, 6 p.m.

See a rock legend come to life in the biopic, “The Doors.”

  • Thursday, May 31: Color and Sound: A series exploring Music and Art, 6 p.m.

UTC Professor of Music and Jazz Clint Schmitt and Hunter curators explore the sounds and images behind the Sound and Vision exhibition.