Museum showcases Presley artifacts
WASHINGTON: On the 75th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birth, the Smithsonian Institution is showcasing the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s ubiquitous image through exhibitions in Washington and Los Angeles.
One Life: Echoes of Elvis will be on view at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington until August. The one-room exhibit is devoted to the evolution and influence of Presley’s image after his death.
“Think of all the entertainers you know, and how many of them do you know the names of their homes?” said curator Warren Perry. “Everybody needs to have a moment with Elvis.”
The exhibit features portraits, images from Graceland, the mansion where Elvis lived, Elvis merchandise and a reminder that Elvis’s manager put his face on just about anything that could be marketed. The commercial images include an Elvis-imprinted lunch box, nutcracker, action figure and snow globe.
Original artwork from a 1992 Elvis stamp design competition is on view, along with the 1993 stamp with Presley’s likeness that became the most popular US postal stamp of all time, with a printing of 500 million.
“The people who call themselves Elvis fans, I’m sure there are fanatics, but these people have a loving affection for Elvis,” said Perry, who is from Memphis, Tennessee, where Elvis lived. “It’s conversational. It’s intimate.” – Sapa-AP