The late concert poster artist Gary Grimshaw is being honored with a new exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum.
"Gary Grimshaw: Detroit's Counterculture Poster Artist" will showcase Grimshaw's work, particularly the psychedelic posters he created for events at the Grande Ballroom during the mid- and late-60s as well as for other venues such as the Michigan Palace and the East Town Theatre. Grimshaw, who was raised in Lincoln Park, was a U.S. Navy veteran and served as the White Panther Party's Minister of Art. He also worked for underground and alternative newspapers around the country via the Underground Press syndicate, created covers for albums by the MC5 and Iggy Pop and was associate art director for Detroit's Creem magazine from 1976-84.
His work has been enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum in Cleveland, and in 2012 he co-authored the book "Detroit Rocks! A Pictoral History of Motor City Rock and Roll 1965-1975" with photographer Leni Sinclair. Grimshaw passed away January 13, 2014 in Detroit at the age of 67 after a long illness; he was inducted into the Michigan Music Hall of Fame on April 4 and received a Distinguished Achievement Award on April 25 from the Detroit Music Awards Foundation.
The Grimshaw exhibit opens with a free public event from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, that includes a 7:30 p.m. showing of the documentary "Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story." Call 3123-833-1805 or visit www.detroithistorical.org for more details.
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