Bethel Woods Rock Art Poster Fair - April 28-29, 2012

In conjunction with the special exhibit Byrd & Skolnick: A Tale of Two Posters (see below) Bethel Woods will host a weekend-long Rock Art Poster Fair, providing the opportunity for poster collectors, vendors, scholars and enthusiasts to convene at the historic Woodstock location to celebrate the iconic art forms of posters and prints.

On Saturday, April 28, New York Fine Art Appraisers will be on-site from 12:00-4:00 to offer oral appraisals of rock posters from personal collections. Limit one item per person. Each appraisal will take approximately 5-10 minutes. Cost is $25 per appraisal, and tickets may be purchased at the Bethel Woods Box Office. Appraisals will be done in the main Poster Fair gallery so that visitors can observe appraisers at work.

The weekend will center around the Poster Marketplace, featuring poster and print vendors and rock memorabilia, as well companies from related fields (lighting, framing, art conservation). The marketplace runs Saturday, April 28 – Sunday, April 29.

Throughout the weekend, local and regional artists will demonstrate poster-making techniques, modeling methods used from the 1960s to the present. Visitors will also have the opportunity to try their own hand at poster design. An appraiser will be on-site for limited hours, providing consultations to visitors who are interested in learning more about posters in their personal collections.

The weekend begins on Friday, April 27 with a screening of the film American Artifact, which explores rock poster art since the 1960s. The film will be introduced by director Merle Becker, who will also lead the post-film Cinema Conversation.

more info at bethelwoodscenter.org

Byrd & Skolnick Exposition - April 28, 2012

April 1, 2012 – July 22, 2012

Byrd/Sklonick: A Tale of Two Posters

A retrospective of the work of David Edward Byrd and Arnold Skolnick

Arnold Skolnick’s poster design for the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair was immediately iconic, creating a brand identity for the rock festival and spawning hundreds of copycat posters for everything from environmental causes to bar-b-que festivals. But many people aren’t aware of the OTHER Woodstock poster, David Edward Byrd’s intricate design that pictured a nude “Aquarius” pouring water from an urn.

Both artists contributed to the legend of that fabled rock festival, and this special exhibition, researched and curated by the staff of The Museum at Bethel Woods, highlights their contributions with a stunning retrospective exhibition that tells the story of two artists’ storied careers. To round out the tale, the exhibition also features works inspired by or that parody the famous Woodstock posters.

This exhibition is a must-see for every Woodstock fan, poster collector, art historian or student, art lover, or follower of pop culture.

The Museum at Bethel Woods presents two to three major special exhibitions each year, traveling exhibits from other museums or original exhbits curated by museum staff, that expand upon the themes of the main museum exhibit.

more info at bethelwoodscenter.org

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