Golden Age of Album Covers exhibit, Gallery Walk at the Bonifas

Everyone is welcome to come to the Bonifas Arts Center for a night of fun and music on Thursday, Aug. 30 for the opening of the “Golden Age of Album Covers” exhibit.

The exhibit, which will be on display from Aug. 30 through Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the Alice Powers Gallery, is an amazing collection of 80 iconic album covers.

These album covers represent how original artwork was used for the first time to not only illustrate and advertise the music in these albums, but how it added value by enhancing the meaning of the music.

“The Golden Age of Album Covers,” curated by retired humanities professor and former Bay College instructor, Doug Sjoquist, presents a format for exploring the changing times and culture reflected in the music.

The evening starts with live music from 6 – 7 p.m., as Doug’s brother Bill Sjoquist and George Sailor (members of the Jam Band) play acoustic music selections from 1967-1983, reflecting the timeframe featured in the exhibit. The gallery will, also, be open at this time.

Then, from 7 – 7:30 p.m., Doug Sjoquist will conduct a gallery walk and share with us some of the political and social settings in which this music was produced and the artwork reflects.

The gallery walk will provide visitors an opportunity to meet Doug Sjoquist and learn more about how record companies used art history to market and sell contemporary bands and music.

“This collection will take viewers back in time to when record companies used art history to market and sell contemporary bands and music,” says Bonifas Gallery and Regional Projects Director Pasqua Warstler. “Since he was a freshman at NMU when he saw for the first time, the album, ‘In the Court of the Crimson King,’ Doug Sjoquist has been collecting the colorful, creative album covers that incorporated work of famous artists and addressed the conceptual content of the music being offered.”

A free music trivia event (with prizes awarded) follows at 7:30 p.m. across the street at Hereford & Hops Restaurant. People are encouraged to come and see what they remember with trivia questions playing into the same time period – the late 60s – early 80s!