Rock & Roll HOF president to moderate talk

Richard WalkerEquipment used by Herb Ritts is among the many artifacts on display at the Fenimore Art Museum's exhibit focusing on the photographer.

Fenimore Art Museum will host a panel discussion, moderated by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame President Greg Harris, focusing on Herb Ritts and the impact his iconic photographs of musicians had on the image of rock and pop music in the ’80s and ’90s.  Other panelists at the talk, which will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13, will be Laurie Kratochvil, former director of photography at Rolling Stone magazine; John Covach, professor of music theory and director of the Institute for Popular Music at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester; and Rory Ritts, Herb Ritts’ younger brother. After the talk, cocktails and a buffet will be served on the terrace overlooking the lake, weather permitting. There will be a cash bar.

The talk is free for museum members; otherwise, it is included with regular admission of $12 for adults and $10.50 for seniors. Seating in the auditorium is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow seating will be available with live viewing via a flat-screen monitor.

 The talk complements Fenimore’s summer exhibit, “Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits,” on view through Sept. 2. Visitors can see iconic photographs of the most famous musicians of the ’80s and ’90s including David Bowie, Tina Turner, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Prince, Cher and Madonna as well as stage costumes, cameras used by Ritts, videos, and contact sheets — all telling the story of the photographer’s creative workflow.

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