On Display Now: Morrison Hotel Gallery’s Latest Online Exhibit, ‘One Woman Show: Tina Turner’


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One Woman Show is a new online exhibition from the Morrison Hotel Gallery paying homage to legendary singer and 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction nominee Tina Turner.

Launched on March 25, the special exhibit features photographs from throughout Turner’s life and career, which has spanned decades and was memorialized recently with the premiere of a revealing and intimate HBO Max documentary film, Tina.

What makes this photo exhibition truly special is the array of photographers and artists who lent their work to the collection, some of that work previously unseen photos from the likes of Bob Gruen, Lynn Goldsmith, Norman Seeff, Terry O’Neill, Glen Craig, Amalie R. Rothschild, Jerry de Wilde, Barrie Wentzell, Patrick Harbron, Charlyn Zlotnik and Paul Natkin.

A bit more about the exhibition and the scope of One Woman Show, per a news release:

This exhibition documents that journey, from the “Ike & Tina” days of opening for the Rolling Stones, shimmying so hard in her signature fringed dress that she appears almost a blur. In a timeless moment from that tour (and one that photographer Bob Gruen says is possibly his favorite shot ever), Turner pulls Janis Joplin onstage to join her in a duet. 

Later, a very public split from Ike Turner, the person who had been her husband and collaborator since she stepped into the spotlight. “The divorce, I got nothing. No money, no house,” Turner says in the documentary. “So I said: I’ll just take my name.”

And take her name, she did. Later shots document her turn into a solo tour de force, stunning in the spiked wig, dazzling sequins, and brilliant colors that were the embodiment of the raw energy she brought to every performance. It’s an energy that turned her into an artist with one of the longest-running careers in music history.

Click here to visit the Morrison Hotel Gallery website and view the exhibition.


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