Pantsios will share stories behind Girls on Film: 40 Years of Women in Rock exhibit
CLEVELAND (March 1, 2011) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will welcome photographer Anastasia Pantsios, whose work is currently on display in the Girls on Film: 40 Years of Women in Rock exhibit, for a live interview in the Museum’s Foster Theater. Dr. Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programs, will interview Pantsios on Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m.
The interview is part of the series From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits, a groundbreaking Rock Hall program that shines the spotlight on the people whose contributions to the rock and roll art form are often as powerful as those of the artists themselves. Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of the interview. This event is FREE with a reservation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP.
Anastasia Pantsios’ casual interest in photography became a driving passion while she was at Case Western Reserve University pursuing a degree in theater in the early ’70s with the goal of being a lighting designer. While shooting theater productions for the CWRU newspaper, she started toting her camera to concerts downtown at Public Hall by groups like Led Zeppelin, the Who, and Crosby Stills and Nash.
Publication in local underground papers led to her work appearing in national publications like CREEM, Circus and Hit Parader. In 1978, she started Kaleyediscope Photography with two other women photographers to market their work. They felt that forming a company would help them overcome the tendency to regard women rock photographers as groupies. Kaleyediscope existed until the mid-'80s when the founders’ interests took them in different directions. But it springboarded Pantsios to a productive decade when her work appeared nationally and internationally in publications like Rolling Stone, Spin, the Village Voice, Esquire, the National Enquirer, Goldmine, Guitar World, USA Today and People; and in books on Van Halen, Cyndi Lauper, Culture Club, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Motley Crue, David Bowie, the Pretenders, U2, Judas Priest, the Plasmatics, Scorpions, Todd Rundgren, Joe Walsh and Eric Clapton; as well as general-interest rock books, like Norm N. Nite's Rock On Almanac.
In addition, her work has appeared on album covers for Eric Clapton, Southside Johnny, Patti LaBelle, Kathy Mattea, AC/DC, Styx, Kurtis Blow and Robert Palmer, among others. She has done numerous gallery shows in Cleveland and recently curated Visual Music: Northeast Ohio Photographers Look at Rock and Roll at the We Gallery in Akron. She is currently a staff writer for Scene, where she also shoots news stories and food.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has FREE educational offerings year round. Additional adult education programs include Teachers Rock, which shows educators how to bring rock and roll music into their classrooms and Rock and Roll Night School, which gives interested adults the opportunity to expand their rock and roll-related knowledge. For more information about these and other Rock Hall educational programs, visit www.rockhall.com.
About Girls on Film: 40 Years of Women in Rock
The Rock Hall’s latest exhibit, Girls on Film: 40 Years of Women in Rock, documents the world of some of the most influential women in rock and roll over the last four decades by Anastasia Pantsios. She photographed her first concert — a free concert by Jefferson Airplane in Chicago’s Grant Park in 1969 — when women were a rarity in rock bands. At the same time, women were trying to elbow their way into the burgeoning ranks of rock photographers, led by Rolling Stone’s Annie Leibovitz. As women became more numerous and prominent on rock and roll stages in the Eighties and beyond, Pantsios developed a special interest in the visual study of the changing and diverse ways they presented themselves while making music. Girls on Film covers her 40 years of shooting rock’s talented women, starting with Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick and continuing through contemporary star Gwen Stefani.
Girls on Film is now open in the Museum’s Patty, Jay and Kizzie Baker Gallery in the Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall until September 5, 2011.
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+) and $13 for youth (9-12). When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.8425 for information on becoming a member. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit www.rockhall.com. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.