ExclusiveLook at the Woodstock Restrospective Opening this Weekend at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY: On Saturday, April 6 The Museum at Bethel Woods will re-open with a weekend jam-packed with events, including the opening of the special exhibit On Assignment: Woodstock - Photos by Rolling Stone Photographer Baron Wolman. The exhibit will be on display from April 6 to August 18in 2013.

In 2012, Baron Wolman agreed to donate a selection of his Woodstock festival images to the museum’s permanent collection. One hundred of the best of those photographs were selected. Wolman’s photos - published in Rolling Stone Magazine - focus on the behind-the-scenes action instead of the performers.

“I spent more time photographing the festival ‘experience’ than I did the musicians,” Wolman writes. “I had shot most of the bands before so I thought why would I want to photograph them again? I didn’t need any more band pictures. But all those people…that was something else. I had never seen anything like this before in my life.”

Museum Director Wade Lawrence is honored to be sharing Wolman's photos at the Museum. “We are excited for the opening of this special exhibit, and even more so for the opportunity to share his extraordinary images with the public.”

Saturday's opening day will culminate with a Q & A featuring Wolman. His talk called Forever Young: Baron Wolman and the Early Rolling Stone Years - will cover everything from Haight-Ashbury during the Summer of Love, to the early days of Rolling Stone magazine, and his personal reflections covering the Woodstock festival. Begins at 4pm - Admission to the Speaker Event is $5.00. (Free for members and free with admission to the museum). There will also be a book signing.

Also on display at the Museum, the first seventy-five covers of Rolling Stone magazine featuring the photography and artwork of Baron Wolman, Robert Altman, Annie Leibovitz, Jim Marshall, and Rick Griffin, among others, documenting the first five years of the venerable music, pop culture, and political newspaper/magazine.(!). The covers will also be featured from April 6 thru August 18.

A screening of the film Taking Woodstock will conclude opening day. After the film, stay for a discussion about the film’s accuracies and inaccuracies in telling the story of the 1969 Woodstock concert. Admission to the films is $8.00/$6.00 for members. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. show time. (Rated R)

Darlene Fedun, Chief Executive Officer at Bethel Woods adds, “We start the 5th year anniversary of The Museum at Bethel Woods with a weekend that debuts programming dedicated to our mission to inspire expression, creativity, and innovation. We hope the slate of programs not only encourages regional residents to visit us, but also encourages increased tourism to Sullivan County.”

Concluding the weekend, don’t miss the first installment of the 2013 Chamber Music Series Sundays with Friends in the intimate Event Gallery. Spearheaded by Zarin Mehta, the former president and executive director of the New York Philharmonic, and presented by curator Eileen Moon, Associate Principal Cello of the New York Philharmonic, the series will feature five eclectic recital and small ensemble performances by world-renowned classical musicians. The series opens on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. with violinist Jennifer Koh, recognized for her intense, commanding performances and pianist Benjamin Hochman, who has achieved widespread acclaim for his effortless and thoughtful performances. Stay after the show for a post-concert “Meet the Musicians.”

To purchase tickets in advance or for more information about these events or Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, please visit www.BethelWoodsCenter.org or call 1.866.781.2922.

Photos courtesy of Bethel Woods by Baron Wolman

Edited by LoLa

Museum Hours & Information:
Saturday, April 6 through Thursday, May 24, 2013: Thursday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. *^
Saturday May 25 through Monday, September 2, 2013: seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.*