Norton Museum of Art Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Beatlemania

Fifty years ago this month, John, Paul, George, and Ringo – aka the Fab Four – “invaded” the United States, and music and fashion haven’t been the same since. That same year – 1964 – young Palm Beach native and New York model, Jane Holzer, met artist Andy Warhol. The Norton Museum of Art special exhibition, To Jane, Love Andy: Warhol’s First Superstar, which runs through May 25, 2014, illuminates the pair’s enduring influence on one another – and the art world.

The Norton is not only showcasing the influence of Warhol and the role played by Holzer 50 years ago, but is also celebrating the Beatles’ musical innovation, cultural influence, and the 50th anniversary of that euphoric phenomenon known as Beatlemania. Art After Dark is going “Mop Top” with Beatles-related music, programs, and tours from 5 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2014. Admission is half price on Thursdays. Parking is free.\

The festivities include:

  • Music by Beatles tribute band Across the Universe
  • Musician and music educator Rod MacDonald presents a multi-media Beatles primer, The Beatles: Before America. By the time the Beatles arrived inAmerica in February 1964, they were already the top music attraction inGreat Britain, with Beatlemania greeting their every stage appearance. Join MacDonald, the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Member of FAU’s Lifelong Learning program, in a detailed look at the early Fab Four, using archival videos and live performance.
  • A docent-led All You Need is Love tour of art in the Museum Collection.
  • A Joe Johnson’s Beatle Brunch Trivia ContestTest your Beatles knowledge with questions formulated by radio personality Joe Johnson, one of the country’s foremost authorities on all things Beatles, and host of the syndicated radio show, Beatle Brunch (www.brunchradio.com). Fab prizes await the winners.
  • The To Jane, Love Andy exhibition with an accompanying soundtrack, featuring Beatles, Rolling Stones, and other “British Invasion” favorites popular in the mid-‘60s.       

Other activities on Feb. 13 include a wine tasting and a Curator’s Conversation by Laurie Barnes, ElizabethB. McGraw Curator of Chinese Art discussing the exhibition, Qing Chic: Chinese Textiles from the19th to Early-20th Century.

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