Fenimore Art Museum to offer look back at the 1969 Woodstock Festival

Baron Wolman‘Groovy Way,’  from the Bethel Woods Collection. 

Fenimore Art Museum outside Cooperstown will offer visitors a look back at the 1969 Woodstock Festival on its 50th anniversary, through the lenses of the photographers who experienced it.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, Wade Lawrence, museum director and senior curator of The Museum at Bethel Woods, will provide a peek into the museum’s photography archives to showcase images from both professional and amateur photographers as they documented rock ‘n’ roll history in the making.

Attendees will see the festival through the lens of Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone’s first staff photographer, Herb Greene, known for his images of The Grateful Dead, and regular attendees of the festival who provided some of the most intimate views of the event as seen by the spectators.

In the image-filled presentation, Lawrence will discuss how the photography collections are used at Bethel Woods.

Entry to the talk is included with regular museum admission. Museum members will be admitted free.

The talk is part of the museum’s rock ‘n’ roll programming based on its highlight exhibit “Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits,” on view through Sept. 2. The exhibit features many of Ritts’ best-known portraits alongside stage costumes and guitars from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The exhibit is organized by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in association with the Herb Ritts Foundation. 

For more information, visit FenimoreArt.org. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.