Sparkle & Twang: An American Musical Odyssey

Monday, January 31, 2011 - 9:00am to Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 5:00pm
Marty Stuart
Porch and University Galleries

Country music icon Marty Stuart has photographed some of the most famous stars in American music, including several of the greatest performers on the country, bluegrass, rockabilly, and Southern gospel scenes. In Sparkle & Twang, Stuart shares his journey in music and the beloved musicians he encountered along the way-this uniquely American collection includes photographs of such legends as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Bill Monroe, Porter Wagoner, and Bob Dylan.

A companion exhibition, Choctaw Gardens and Beyond: Photographs by Hilda Stuart, will be on view March 2–31. Photography has always been a part of Hilda Stuart’s life. Growing up on a rural Mississippi farm, she began documenting family, church, local landscapes, and social gatherings in the 1940s. During the mid-1950s she worked as an assistant at the George Day Photography Studios in Philadelphia, Mississippi. While Stuart embarked on a career in banking in the 1960s, she never surrendered her camera.

Hilda Stuart’s photographs act as a lens into Mississippi in the third quarter of the twentieth century, focused on her family, prominent political campaigns, and traveling musicians. They are a bridge between the musical and photographic worlds of her son, Marty Stuart, documenting his early musical influences and developing career.

 Hilda Stuart will participate in the gallery talk on March 2. 

Presented in collaboration with Duke Performances