17 year old Todd Gray with photographer Neil Zlozower covering the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street tour.
For one year, the artist Todd Gray wore the clothes of his friend and mentor the late Ray Manzarek, a founding member of the Doors. An act that went beyond artistic homage or memorial impulse. Manzarek's widow, Dorothy, gave Gray the clothes and permission to perform the year long action.
Gray will read letters he wrote to Dorothy recounting his experience and its affect on him.
Following the reading Gray will show photographs he made as a teenager chronicling the Los Angeles rock scene in a discussion with Joseph Mosconi.
Saturday, October 15th
Doors at 7:30pm
Reading at 8pm sharp
Poetic Research Bureau
951 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA
Todd Gray lives and works in Los Angeles and Ghana. He received both his BFA and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He is Professor Emeritus, School of Art, California State University, Long Beach. Gray works in multiple mediums including photo-based work, sculpture and performance. He has photographed over 100 album covers making a name for himself in the music world. Past solo and group exhibitions include: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Studio Museum, Harlem, NY; USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Luckman Gallery, Cal State University, Los Angeles; California African American Museum, Los Angeles; Tucson Museum of Art; Detroit Museum of Art; Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, among others. Performance works have been presented at The Roy & Edna Disney Cal/Arts Theater; (REDCAT), Los Angeles; Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, and the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles. His work is included in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the University of Connecticut and the Studio Museum, Harlem, NY. Gray is a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Resident Fellow. He is represented by Meliksetian | Briggs Gallery in Los Angeles, California.