Friday, December 23, 2011

Elvis at 21

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is opening a very special exhibit just in time for the holidays!  "Elvis at 21" will feature fifty-six dramatic black and white photographs taken by Alfred Wertheimer in 1956.  The photographs feature Elvis Presley in his prime--and on the brink of international superstardom.  Eleven of the images were taken here in Richmond, including the famous photo "The Kiss, backstage," when Elvis was in Richmond to perform at The Mosque--now Richmond's Landmark Theatre.  The Richmond photos were taken at that theatre, the Jefferson Hotel, the Richmond train station, and other locations.

On January 8, Presley's 77th birthday, the VMFA will host a birthday bash for Elvis from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  The event will be free and open to the public.  The guest of honor will be Barbara Gray, of Charleston, South Carolina, who was recently identified as the young woman kissing Presley backstage at The Mosque in several of the photographs.

"Elvis at 21" will be showing December 24, 2011 - March 18, 2012. The exhibit is on the last leg of an eight-city tour.  Admission is $8, with $2 discounts for students, seniors, and children 7 to 17.  The exhibit is free to Museum members. Maury Place at  Monument is just a short walk from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument