Sunday, September 29, 2013

Get Hip Get Art Celebrates Punk Rock Day of the Dead



I am excited for my next trip to Pittsburgh (birthplace of Andy Warhol! home of Primanti Bros. gi-normous sandwiches, hometown of my pal, the incredible guitarist, Keith Nelson, the list goes on...).

Punk Rock Day of the Dead is featured in the next Get Hip Get Art exhibition at Get Hip Recordings headquarters.

Here's the press release Get Hip sent out... it says it all. Tell two (or better, 200) friends... this is gonna be GREAT.

Get Hip Recordings Announces Second Get Hip•Get Art Gallery Exhibition:

Punk Rock Day of the Dead
Featuring Photography by Theresa Kereakes
November 1 and 2, 2013

PITTSBURGH – Get Hip Recordings, the nation’s leading promoter of garage and punk rock, located in Pittsburgh's Manchester neighborhood, will hold the next exhibit in its pop-up art gallery series in its offices in the Casey Industrial Park, at 1800 Columbus Avenue, on November 1 and 2, 2013.

Due to popular demand, the show will take place on two nights and will feature works by seminal punk rock photographer Theresa Kereakes (pronounced kerr-ee-ack-is). Kereakes was an integral member of the punk rock scene in Los Angeles. Her intimate friendships with artists such as the late Stiv Bators, of the Dead Boys; the late Darby Crash, of the Germs; and Joan Jett, gave her unfettered behind the scene access to many of the founding figures of punk rock.

Get Hip President, Gregg Kostelich, said, “I have collected Theresa’s work for years and wanted to let others have the opportunity to own a piece of punk rock history. The Punk Rock Day of the Dead exhibit seemed to be a natural fit for Get Hip•Get Art.”

The exhibit will feature a selection of Kereakes’ photographs of now deceased punk rock pioneers, all of which will be for sale. Kereakes is creating art for a commemorative t-shirt and poster that will be sold only at this exhibition. In commenting on the show, Kereakes said, “So many punk rock idols have passed on, I wanted to pay tribute to them and celebrate their lives. Several years ago, I created an exhibit inspired by Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday that honors those who have departed. I am happy to be in Pittsburgh to celebrate Day of the Dead with my friends at Get Hip, one of the biggest champions of punk rock.”

The exhibit runs from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, on Friday, November 1, 2013 and Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Get Hip Recordings.

About Theresa Kereakes: In true punk fashion, Los Angeles native Theresa Kereakes began taking photos once she hijacked her parents' Leica Rangefinder, only to promptly break it -- at the tender age of five. A few years later, as a college student, her friends began forming bands, and Kereakes documented their paths, resulting in a collection of photographs that lay the visual foundation of punk rock history. Kereakes' place in rock photography was cemented with the publication of two iconic images made possible by her teenage friendships with Joan Jett and the late Darby Crash (singer of The Germs). One of the first Los Angeles punk records released was The Germs' "Forming," which featured a picture sleeve with a shot from their first-ever photo session from their first-ever band practice, which Theresa was invited to document. Her photo of Joan Jett partying in her West Hollywood apartment with Billy Idol was published in over 40 magazines since 1978.

Since launching her Punk Turns 30-branded photo blog in 2005, Kereakes has taken her photos on tour throughout the United States in exhibits, been published in numerous anthologies and retrospectives and was invited by Christie's Auction House to contribute prints from her archives in their 2009 Pop Culture Auction.

A coffee table book of her Unguarded Moments exhibition is forthcoming.

Press Availability:
For pre-exhibit interviews, contact:
Theresa Kereakes: punkturns30@gmail.com

For questions about the show, contact:
Barbara Garcia-Bernardo [412-231-4766, X11; barbara@gethip.com]
Wayno [412-414-5013; studio@wayno.com]

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