Do you miss music concerts? Get a front-row view at Springfield’s museums

Larry Hust, Jimi Hendrix at Golden Bear Raceway, Cal ExpoApril 26, 1970, photograph, courtesy of the artist

Front Row Center: Rock, blues and soul icons

February 12, 2022–May 1, 2022

Museum of Fine Arts of Love

SPRINGFIELD, MA—Springfield Museums presents the photography exhibition Front Row Center: Icons of Rock, Blues and Soul ,From February 12 to May 1, 2022, in the Museum of Fine Arts of Love.

Larry Hulst’s photographs capture the freewheeling energy of live music and the enduring visual spectacle of some of rock’s greatest performers. From Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix to David Bowie and Lauryn Hill, Front Row Center: Rock and Blues Icons, and the spirit brings together over 70 images of legendary musicians and singers across three genres and generations.

“This is an exhibition for everyone, but it will be especially exciting for live music fans and photography enthusiasts,” said Art curator Maggie North. “Larry Hulst’s magnetic images transport viewers into the concert hall, allowing us to witness some of the most remarkable performances in the history of modern music. The incredible way photography and music can simultaneously transport and bring us together is at the center of this exhibition.

The exhibition traces Hulst’s extraordinary journey through the beating heart of the most exciting live music of the last century, presenting a unique visual anthology of rock, blues and soul music from 1970 to 1999. These images, which appear on album covers and rolling stone spread, transmit Hulst’s passion for the magnetism, immediacy and unpredictability of live music. With photos that also document unforgettable vocals from funk, punk and beyond, Front Row Center offers visitors a remarkable view of some of the most memorable performances in popular music history.

Springfield Museums will offer Front Row Center as a bilingual exhibition, with texts in Spanish and English. The experience of viewing the photographs will also be enhanced by audio and video features in the gallery, as well as an interactive photo opportunity.

Of related interest in museums:

Horn Man: The Life and Musical Legacy of Charles Nevilleextended by popular demand, Springfield Lyman and Merrie Wood History Museum.

A History of the Musical Instrument Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American HistoryMarch 24 @ 12:15–1:30 p.m.

In this virtual talk, curator John Troutman will share the history and highlights of the National Museum of American History Museum’s musical instrument collection, and how these iconic objects will feature in an upcoming exhibit on American entertainment. The lecture will be delivered remotely by John Troutman, Ph.D., History, University of Texas at Austin, Curator in the Division of Culture and Community Life, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

About Larry Hulst

Born in 1946 in San Diego, Larry Hulst is a longtime actor and columnist of the concert scene. His collection of nearly three thousand black-and-white negatives has helped immortalize the live acts of influential musicians across five memorable decades in rock history. His career as a photographer began in 1969, when the former Navy serviceman returned home to Sacramento after a tour of duty in Vietnam. Citing Jim Marshall, Ansel Adams and Lynn Goldsmith among his influences,

Hulst is fueled by both his respect for his musical heroes and his dedication to honing his photographic eye. The hallmark of Hulst’s work is its authentic ability to evoke the raw energy and emotion of the concert experience. The only prop he ever needed was the stage. “I never wanted to go behind the scenes,” says Hulst. “I want to be where the action is. After all, the “spectacle” is projected onto the audience. I want to be in the audience.

Front Row Center: Icons of Rock, Blues and Soul is curated and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

International arts and artists (IA&A) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally. Since 1995, IA&A has fulfilled its mission by providing programs and services to artists, arts institutions, cultural organizations and the public, reaching more than 2.1 million people. Visit www.artsandartists.org for more information.

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About Springfield Museums

SPRINGFIELD MUSEUMS are located on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. The nationally accredited, Smithsonian-affiliated consortium of museums includes the Springfield Science Museumthe Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Artsthe Springfield Lyman and Merrie Wood History Museumthe George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museumthe Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Gardenand the amazing world of dr seuss Museum, the first and only museum dedicated to the beloved children’s book author and Springfield native.

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Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Karen Fisk, Vice President of Community Investments and External Affairs

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