Celebrating The Women Of The Blues

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The latest travelling exhibition from the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, Missouri opens there tomorrow (7 January) and will celebrate the female side of the music’s heritage. Women of the Blues: A Coast-to-Coast Collection, presented by curator Lynn Orman Weiss, features 60 images by 16 photographers of artists, representing all aspects of the blues, from the southern soul sound to blues-rock and Chicago blues.

Mavis Staples, Susan Tedeschi and Shemekia Copeland are among the blues notables to be depicted in the exhibition, which will be housed in the National Blues Museum’s Scott and Diane McCuaig and Family Gallery until 31 March. It’s sponsored in part by Barbara Hammerman and Amanda Gresham, and dedicated to the late blues great Koko Taylor’s Sisters of Royalty foundation. 

“This exhibit is the perfect artistic complement to the Women of the Blues section in the museum,” says National Blues Museum executive director Dion Brown, “and we are excited to have it during the time when the country celebrates National Women’s History Month in March.”

Images on display include photos taken at the Chicago Blues Festival, the Maui Sugar Mill in Los Angeles, the Blues Cruise on the Caribbean and festivals on the East Coast of the United States. “I have loved shooting and collecting pictures of blues women and recording their emotions, their beauty, their visceral expressions exuding from their souls,” says Lynn Orman Weiss.

“It is my vision that this exhibit captures the heart of the observer,” she continues, “and gives them reason to find out more about these extraordinary performers.” More information is available here.


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