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Two of the US’s most well-known icons - “the King of Rock ’n’ Roll” and “the Greatest” - meet at the James A. Michener Art Museum beginning this Saturday
and running through May 15. They will be spotlighted in “Ali and Elvis: American Icons,” featuring two photography exhibitions: the Smithsonian’s “Elvis at
21” and art2art’s “Muhammad Ali: The Making of an Icon.”
With “Elvis at 21” freelance photojournalist Alfred Wertheimer was hired by RCA Victor in 1956 to
shoot promotional images of recently signed 21-year-old recording artist Elvis Presley. Wertheimer’s
instincts were to “tag along” with the artist after the assignment and the resulting images provide us
with a look at Elvis before he exploded onto the scene and became one of the most exciting
performers of his time.

“Elvis at 21” was developed collaboratively by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service,
the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Govinda Gallery.

Wertheimer had unparalleled access and documented Elvis on the road, backstage, in concert, in the
recording studio and at home in Memphis, Tenn. “Colonel” Tom Parker, Elvis’ manager, restricted
contact just a short time later.

“Muhammad Ali: The Making of an Icon”
“Muhammad Ali: The Making of an Icon” chronicles the life and times of the now-iconic figure who was
simultaneously the most beloved and most reviled man in boxing and who still engenders a strong
emotional response from people almost 50 years after his initial rise to public prominence.

The exhibit, organized by art2art, provides a glimpse of rarely seen moments of his personal life as
well as more famous episodes from his career. These images not only illustrate the enormous
changes that he went through — from a patriotic Olympic champion to a draft-resisting member of the
Nation of Islam to a figure of racial reconciliation — but also show that Ali’s gregarious, funny and
likable personality remained intact even as a super-charged political atmosphere swirled around him.

Ali’s story is one of an American hero who has come full circle in the hearts and minds of people
throughout the world, and features more than 50 photographs by such distinguished photographers
as Annie Leibovitz, Gordon Parks and Art Shay that capture Ali’s positive public image.

The James A. Michener Art Museum is located at 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown.

Museum hours:
Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Adults $12.50; seniors $11.50; college students with valid ID $9.50; ages 6-18 $6; under 6 free.

For information, visit
Call 215-340-9800.

Address: James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St. Doylestown, PA 18901.
Elvis Express Radio - The Legends meet, King of Music Elvis Presley presents King of The Ring, Muhammad Ali a special robe which
he can be seen wearing in the picture of Ali lower down on this page.