As the Dead & Company prepare for their final Farewell Tour this summer, the bands legendary percussionist, Mickey Hart, will present his newest art collection, the Art of Mickey Hart during two of the groups tour stops. Hart is scheduled to appear at the Wentworth Gallery at Tysons Galleria in McLean VA on Sunday, June 4th at 2 pm and on Friday, June 23rd at 6:30 pm at the Wentworth Gallery at Short Hills Mall in Short Hill, NJ. These two exclusive art showings will be private and intimate for patrons. Those interested in attending should contact the gallery directly for more information.
In his new collection the three-time Grammy-award winning artist and celebrated musician of the Grateful Dead paints a picture of his creative journey combining art, music, and science. The artworks contained in these presentations were also exhibited as a one-man exhibition at the Coral Springs Museum of Art which opened in early 2020.
Hart was influential in recording global musical traditions on the verge of possible extinction, working with archivists and ethnomusicologists at both the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution. He is on the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center and has been a spokesperson for the "Save Our Sounds" audio preservation initiative. He also serves on the Library of Congress National Recorded Sound Preservation Board and is known for reissues and other recordings with historical and cultural value.
Joining the Grateful Dead in 1967 marked the beginning of a musical legacy spanning over 50 years. Alongside his work with the Grateful Dead, Hart flourished as a solo artist, producer, and author of several highly acclaimed books. In these endeavors he’s pursued a lifelong interest in ethnomusicology and in the world’s music. His travels and his interest in all things percussion-related led him to collect percussion instruments, and to collaborate with percussion masters the world over.
In 1991, Hart produced the album Planet Drum, which remained at #1 on the Billboard World Music chart for 26 weeks, and received the first ever Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. In 1994, Mickey Hart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Grateful Dead.
“These visual representations from my sonic-driven world are snapshots into the music I am making. The basis of all life is vibratory, from the cosmos to human organism to the rhythms of nature and the music that come from what we make, from what we call culture. These are the worlds of rhythm that envelop us on a daily basis. Understanding these rhythms is essential in our daily lives. These works have been drummed, vibrated into existence. This technique is essential in the creation of my art.” – Mickey Hart
IN GALLERY APPEARANCES BY MICKEY HART
(artist will be in attendance at both showings - contact the Gallery for information on attending)
SUNDAY, JUNE 4 @ 2:00 PM
Wentworth Gallery at Tysons Galleria
Address: 1807 Galleria at Tysons II, McLean, VA 22102
FRIDAY, JUNE 23 @ 6:30 PM
Wentworth Gallery at Mall at Short Hills
Address: 1200 Morris Tpke, Short Hills, NJ 07078