Provincetown Art Association Features First Peace Corps Photographer: Rowland Scherman

Award-winning photographer Rowland Scherman’s work from ’60s exhibited in Provincetown

Rowland Scherman's award-winning photograph on the cover of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, 1967.

Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) began its 2022 Summer Program of exhibitions, lectures and workshops with an exhibition of photographs by Rowland Scherman.

“Rowland Scherman: Spirit of the 60s,” curated by Jane Paradise and Andy Wentz, is on view through June 26 with a public celebratory reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 13. A Fredi Schiff Levin Lecture featuring Scherman, Paradise, and Wentz is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 16. Lectures will occur in-person at PAAM and broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube.

A woman holds a banner at the March On Washington.

Scherman was a pivotal figure in documenting life in the 1960s. He photographed many of the iconic musical, cultural and political events of the decade, including the 1963 Newport Folk Festival, the March on Washington, the Beatles’ first US concert, and Woodstock. He traveled with Bobby Kennedy on his campaign for the presidency, went on tour with Judy Collins, and was in the studio when Crosby, Stills, and Nash recorded their first album. In 1968, he won a Grammy Award for the cover photo of “Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits.” He was the first photographer for the newly formed U.S. Peace Corps in 1961, and worked as a freelance photographer for Life Magazine.
The Beatles perform, 1964.

The exhibition will feature Scherman’s photographs from the 1960s and related ephemera, with notable inclusions such as Scherman’s Grammy Award for the album cover of “Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits” 1967 album, and the award winning photograph; the 1964 cover showing the largest photo of Lyndon B. Johnson ever made and the corresponding photograph; and photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., James Baldwin, Judy Collins, Sidney Poitier, Janis Joplin, Arthur Ashe, Bobby Kennedy and Barbara Walters.
Tennis great Arthur Ashe reads a paper while doing a wash.

Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 460 Commercial St., Provincetown, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, with extended hours on Friday evenings. Reservations may be made at General admission is $12.50, and free for members and visitors 16-years and younger.


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