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Monmouth Museum presents Woodstock at 50: Summer of Love

The sound tower, Woodstock Festival 1969. Bethel, NY Photo By ©Elliott Landy, LandyVision Inc.
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The sound tower, Woodstock Festival 1969. Bethel, NY Photo By ©Elliott Landy, LandyVision Inc.

The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, will present Woodstock at 50: Summer of Love from June 8 through Sept, 1. The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. June 8. Admission is free and open to the public.

Following the opening reception, at 8 p.m., there will be a panel discussion with WBJB-FM, 90.5 the Night. For more information about the panel discussion or for tickets, visit wbjb.org/woodstock

The Monmouth Museum’s Main Gallery summertime exhibition, Woodstock at 50: Summer of Love, will journey through the explosive era that gave life to the 1969 Woodstock Festival held in Bethel, N.Y., according to a press release from the museum.

The exhibition will feature the documentary and rock photography of the official Woodstock photographer, Elliott Landy.

Landy’s images of Bob Dylan and The Band, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Van Morrison and many others documented the music scene between 1967-69. The exhibition will also feature vintage concert posters and vinyl albums, immersive video and audio experiences, 1960s memorabilia and ephemera along with art workshops for adults, teenagers and children, tours and more, according to the press release.

There will be a preview party on June 7 from 7-9 p.m. during which guests will meet Landy as he presents his Woodstock vision. Admission is $50 for museum members, $65 for non-members, and $25 for students. For tickets, visit monmouthmuseum.org

Landy is the author of six photographic books and his images have been exhibited in major museums and galleries throughout the world. His photographs have appeared on the covers of major magazines such as “Life,” “The Saturday Evening Post” and “Rolling Stone” and in all media internationally for the past 40 years, according to the press release.

The Woodstock Art and Music Fair was held from Aug. 15-17, 1969. An estimated audience of more than 400,000 people gathered for three days of music near Bethel, N.Y., swarming across the pastures of Max Yasgur’s dairy farm. The festival was the brainchild of four men under age 26, according to the press release.

Exhibition partners for the Woodstock at 50: Summer of Love exhibition include Red Bank FrameWorks; Brookdale Community College – History, Library and Theater Departments; 90.5 the Night; Jack’s Music Shoppe; Russo Music; Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth; Vintage Variety Shop; Classic Metal Productions; and Tracy Walter Ferry, artist.

The Monmouth Museum, an independent nonprofit organization, was founded in 1963 as a Museum of Ideas. The museum presents changing art, history and science exhibitions to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and lifelong learning to the diverse community it serves, according to the press release.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $8. The museum is at 1 Museum Drive, Lincroft, on the campus of Brookdale Community College, parking lot No. 1.

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