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75 Years of Elvis at the National Portrait Gallery

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Opening on what would have been the King’s 75th birthday this January 8th, the National Portrait Gallery‘s upcoming exhibition, “One Life: Echoes of Elvis, will be looking back on popular depictions of the face that launched a thousand Vegas impersonators — and, yes, there will be ample amounts of black velvet.

Starting with Elvis‘s canonization as the patron saint of pop Americana via Andy Warhol‘s 1963 silkscreens, “One Life” turns a perceptive eye on the world’s continuing fascination of rock and roll’s first crossover superstar. Skinny Elvis, Fat Elvis and the aged-Elvis-that-never-was will all be getting face-time on the Portrait Gallery’s walls and in a variety of media as mixed as varied as the King’s international fan-base of audiophiles and eccentrics.

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From collector’s plates and dioramas to punk rock cover art and the front-page of the National Enquirer, the best of bad taste is coming for all to see through August 22nd. Admission is free. For more information, visit the National Portrait Gallery’s homepage.

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