Capital University Presents 'The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes'

Posted by Nichole Johnson |

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

News–The-Beatles-CBS-Archives-300Capital University’s Schumacher Gallery is proud to present The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes, scheduled to open Monday, January 20, and run through Saturday, March 22, 2014.

A public reception will take place at the gallery on Friday, February 7, from 5 to 7:30 pm. This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s first North American appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Revisit the beginnings of the magical mystery tour. The early years of Beatlemania are captured in this fine art photography exhibition from the photo archives of CBS Television and LIFE magazine photographer Bill Eppridge. The award-winning exhibition features rare, never-before-published images of The Beatles as they won new North American audiences and revolutionized rock music at an unprecedented pace.

“The images in this award-winning exhibition represent the very best of ’60s photojournalism and show The Beatles at a pivotal moment in their rise to stardom. We are hugely excited to welcome this award-winning exhibition to Capital University’s Schumacher Gallery in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first North American tour and their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show,” Cassandra Tellier, director of The Schumacher Gallery, said,

John, Paul, George and Ringo first visited America in February 1964. By this time, they were already famous in the United Kingdom as musicians and songwriters. Add the visual element of television, and their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show became a cultural event shared by millions. The group, who opened the show, sang All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There and I Want to Hold Your Hand. Their first appearance is now considered a milestone in American pop culture that marked the beginning of the British Invasion.

These Eppridge images represent the best of photojournalism. In this exhibition we witness the Fab Four not only in the rehearsal studio and on the set, but we follow them to Kennedy Airport, the Plaza Hotel, Central Park, Union Station and Miami Beach. With his distinctive style, the photographer offers unique insight into this young, exuberant rock-and-roll phenomenon.

Exhibit photographs are courtesy of the CBS Photo Archive and Bill Eppridge, who covered The Beatles’ first United States visit for Life magazine. Describing the group’s sky-rocketing story, Eppridge recalled, “I shot photographs, they shot quips, and history shot us all into the record books.”

Previously on view at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, this exhibit won the 2003 Computerworld Honors Program Laureate Award for its innovative use of information technology.

Please note the gallery will be closed Saturday, February 22, through Wednesday, March 2, for Capital’s mid-term break.

The Schumacher Gallery's permanent collections comprise 16th through 19th century, Asian, modern, contemporary, ethnic, graphs, Inuit and Ohio artists works, offering a wonderfully diverse selection of more than 2,500 works for study and enjoyment. These collections encompass 2,000 years of cultural history. Since the Gallery's inception in 1964, hundreds of donors have provided objects of art, funds and services to create this important cultural legacy.

Located in the Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.




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