Elvis has entered the building — the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
, that is. Okay, technically the King won't make his grand entrance until after the new year when “One Life: Echoes of Elvis" opens on Presley’s 75th birthday, January 8th, 2010. The one-room exhibit “devoted to the evolution and influence of Presley’s image after his death" will feature work by Robert Arneson
, Ralph Wolfe Cowan, William Eggleston
, Red Grooms
and Howard Finster
, as well as the original artwork for the U.S. Postal Service's commemorative stamp created by Mark Stutzman
. It's the first of two shows organized by the Smithsonian slated to open next year. “Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer
,”a traveling exhibition, featuring images of a young musician on the cusp of superstardom hits the road on October 30th, 2010.
“Elvis at 21,” will showcase a series of candid shots commissioned by RCA shortly after Elvis signed to the label. They document the last relatively normal moments in the singer's life.
Not too shabby for a greasy hoodlum whose swiveling hips were once viewed by many as the ruination of everything America stands for.
UPDATE: "Elvis at 21" actually opens on January 8, 2010 at the new Grammy Museum in L.A. and moves into the National Portrait Gallery on Oct. 30. Vanity Fair is devoting a 7-page spread to the exhibit in its January issue.