Elvis at 21 Exhibition Travels to Boca Raton

by Chris Murray on April 22, 2010

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Exhibition curator Chris Murray with Priscilla Presley at the Grammy Museum’s Elvis at 21 Exhibition.

The Elvis at 21 exhibition, organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and Govinda Gallery just opened this week at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The exhibition continues through June 13th. Read this weeks review of the exhibition in the Sun-Sentinel here. The exhibition in Boca follows the extraordinary launch of the Elvis at 21 tour at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. There are so many highlights regarding the exhibition in Los Angeles, including the grand opening attended by photographer Alfred Wertheimer, Grammy Museum director Bob Santelli, Bill Paley of the Paley Cener, Kimberley “Boss” Papaterra of Carmine’s LA, and many others. Some of the luminaries who came to visit the exhibition during its run in Los Angeles, and who gave it rave reviews, were Ringo Starr, Donovan, and Yoko Ono, among others. For me, the personal highlight was the great pleasure of giving a tour of the Elvis at 21 exhibition to Priscilla Presley. Priscilla spent nearly an hour and a half enjoying Alfred Wertheimer’s photographs and reading the accompanying text. Priscilla had extraordinary insights into so many details of the photographs and pointed out to me things in the pictures that I had never noticed before. Priscilla is a great fan of Alfred Wertheimer’s photographs of Elvis, and she is one of the most beautiful, charming, and gracious women I have ever met in my life.

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