This week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in partnership with Cleveland Hopkins International airport unveiled a new exhibit showcasing the work of celebrated rock and roll photographer and Cleveland native Janet Macoska. Travelers will experience the new “Live from Cleveland, Ohio!” exhibit in the Public Art Gallery at the entrance to Concourse A – a welcome to travelers befitting Cleveland's status as a true rock and roll city.
Macoska has been capturing some of rock’s greatest moments regularly since 1974. Her photos have been published in Rolling Stone, People, US, Vogue, American Photo, Creem, 16 Magazine, The New York Times and The London Times as well as appearing on VH1 and other film productions.
“Growing up in Cleveland provided the perfect stage to build my career as a photographer in love with rock music,” says Macoska. “In 2014, I will have been working this mission for 40 years. The images you will see in this exhibition are favorites of mine, captured during the coolest concerts to come through Cleveland along with some of the best moments I've experienced as house photographer for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.”
Macoska's catalog of award-winning photography features a who's who of rock royalty: Aerosmith, Heart, Michael Jackson, Kiss (above: picture of Gene Simmons of Kiss performing live in 1978) Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Queen, Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones, Van Halen and many, many more.
Her work is not only a permanent fixture at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, The National Portrait Gallery in London and in Hard Rock Café restaurants, casinos and hotels around the world, but artists such as David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and the Kinks have used her photography on their album covers.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum presented a retrospective exhibition of her photography in 2003 and 2004 entitled “It’s Only Rock and Roll.” That exhibition has since toured to The Women’s Museum in Dallas (2009), the Canadian Exposition in Toronto (2010), The Cornell Museum of Fine Arts in Orlando (2011), South Shore Arts in Indiana (2012) and the Longwood Center for Visual Arts in Virginia (2013).
The “Live from Cleveland, Ohio!” exhibit in the Public Art Gallery at the entrance to Concourse A at Cleveland Hopkins International airport will be on view through September 2014. (pictured: Ronnie Wood of Faces (left) and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers at 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio.)