Robert Whitman Photographs Prince, 1977
Installation will feature Revealing, Never Before Seen images of the Funky Pop Icon taken in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. On the Streets and in his manager’s home these portraits are probing and insightful. They show the honest, the moody and the playful sides of a burgeoning talent that was about to assault our senses and sexual sensibilities through his highly charged music while changing the definition of a pop star.
Opens February 20th, at Mr. Musichead Gallery in Los Angeles.
Joan Mondale and Artist Georgia O’Keeffe, 1977 (by John Duricka/AP)
Joan Mondale established herself as one of the country’s most passionate advocates for the arts during the years her husband, Walter Mondale, served U.S. vice president. “Joan of Art” died Monday at the age of 83.
Photo via New York Daily News
Pete Seeger, Minneapolis, 1972, and Thank You Note to a Young Alan Freed
In early October 1972, folk music icon Pete Seeger came to the Twin Cities for a performance at Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota campus. While he was here, he stayed with friends at their home on South Cedar Lake Road. At some point during his stay, a neighbor kid named Alan Freed showed up at the door with a new Sears cassette recorder, asking for an interview. Forty-two years later, a somewhat older Alan Freed has posted a link to that 10-minute interview as a memorial. Pete Seeger died Monday at the age of 94.
Postcard and audio © Alan Freed, photo © Amy Winters Galberth, Ellie Borkon
Operator Sigrid Gellerstadt on Her Last Day at the Switchboard in Cotton, Minnesota, 1975
Hard to believe, but during the early 1970s there were still some places in Minnesota where you needed an operator to place a phone call. On January 18, 1975, the telephone exchange in Cotton, about 35 miles north of Duluth, switched to an automatic dial system, making it the last exchange in Minnesota to abandon hand-cranked magneto telephones.
Photo via Minnesota Historical Society