JUNE 10, 2014
Elvis is "American Cool" and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. has an entire gallery featuring Americans who embody the "cool" factor. In a recent article on WashingtonPost.com, freelance writer Ann Greer sits down with the museum's Elvis expert and talks about the king as the "all-American."
The photo featured in the National Portrait Gallery exhibit is of Elvis performing in 1957 at the now-infamous Tupelo fairgrounds - the same place where at 10 years old he won a youth talent show and $5.00 in fair ride tickets. Elvis expert and Memphis native E. Warren Perry Jr. describes the shot "as a moment of magic."
"Elvis had the ability to be playful and seductive at the same time, bringing out the primal side of those around him," states Perry. "Elvis elicited devotion from fans across generations and musical styles because he was all-American."
The "American Cool" exhibit is currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, D.C. until September 7, 2014. Included in the exhibit are the likes of jazz musicians such as Miles Davis and Billie Holiday, actors such as James Dean and Johnny Depp, and singers like the king.
Learn more about the new "American Cool" exhibit by visiting NPG.si.edu. Want to learn all there is to know about the king? Plan the ultimate rock 'n' roll pilgrimage to Elvis Presley's Graceland and enjoy great savings on package deals.