Hundreds of record album covers are featured in The Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery’s upcoming exhibit, ON THE RECORD: Album Cover Art, on view July 19 and open during all 10 evenings of the Stony Brook Film Festival at Staller Center. A reception will be held on Thursday, July 21, from 6 pm to 8 pm in conjunction with the opening night of the Film Festival. The gallery is free and open to the public.
ON THE RECORD includes iconic record covers from Miles Davis’ Tutu to David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane and from the Beatles’ Abbey Road to the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers to Mumford and Sons’ Sigh no More. In addition, albums from movies such as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and West Side Story, as well as a selection of children’s albums, rounds out the collection. A playlist of music drawn from the albums on view will be heard in the gallery during the exhibition.
ON THE RECORD features album covers created by renowned graphic designers and illustrators including Alex Steinweiss, Mati Klarwein, Steve Hardstaff, Roger Dean, Jim Flora and David Stone Martin; famous photographers including Robert Mapplethorpe, Brian Duffy, Pete Turner, Herman Leonard, Irving Penn and Charles Stewart, and well-known artists like Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Robert Rauschenberg.
The exhibit includes albums on loan from Stony Brook University’s WUSB radio station, as well as rare and limited-edition album covers borrowed from private collectors. From 1950s jazz to 1980s alternative music to 2010s pop, each album cover embodies not only the specific musical artist and genre it encases, but the visual culture of its time and place.