As each state starts its re-opening phase, museums are still mostly closed throughout the US leaving us yearning for the days we can physically see the artwork on display. The Morrison Hotel Gallery understands the public need for art and invites patrons to view its latest online exhibition, Endless Summer sponsored by Sports Illustrated and Volcom starting June 20th. This collection takes a look at the photographic works of Henry Diltz, Guy Webster, Lynn Goldsmith, Pattie Boyd and Norman Seeff, among others.
Taking its title from Bruce Brown’s 1966 surf camp classic, Endless Summer, fans will find moments like Seef’s free-flowing shot of Joni Mitchell drifting in the deep depths of blue pool waters and a legendary black and white photo of Keith Richards (snapped by Michael Cooper) floating on his back, arms outstretched, in the pool at Villa Nellcôte.
Endless Summer also captures the sheer joy of letting loose and hanging out with friends. The Mamas and the Papas frolic in a pool underneath an impromptu hat fountain in one Guy Webster shot, while Charles Trainer was ready with his camera when the Beatles made a splash in Miami Beach while there for their 1964 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. That TV appearance wasn’t the only history-making music event to take place in the heat of summer; the exhibition also revisits the crowds and sizzling performances of Woodstock in the summer of ’69.
Amidst the peace and the partying, we also find celebrity couples relaxing together in the glow of summertime warmth. On the day Diltz spent photographing Paul and Linda McCartney (including a shot that became a Life magazine cover), Paul gave the iconic rock photographer a preview of his unreleased RAM album. In another Beatles couple moment, model/photographer Pattie Boyd took a garden self portrait featuring her and then-husband George Harrison with an explosion of roses in full bloom just behind them.
Meanwhile, the exhibition showcases another time-honored summertime tradition: a parade of beautiful cars along with beautiful people. From a barefoot David Cassidy perched on the hood of his Stingray to Elvis Presley brooding over the engine of his treasured Lincoln Continental Mark II, photographers like Diltz and Goldsmith captured stars stepping away from the water to enjoy their favorite toys.
To enjoy Endless Summer online exhibition visit: https://www.morrisonhotelgallery.com/collections/t82Xwb/Endless-Summer. To visit or learn more about Morrison Hotel Gallery please visit: www.morrisonhotelgallery.com.