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Danbury's WCSU Hosts Photo Exhibit On Beatles Visit

The WCSU Art Gallery will have an opening reception Jan. 23 for an exhibition of legendary Life magazine photojournalist Bill Eppridge's chronicling of the Beatles' historic 1964 visit to the United States. Photo Credit: Contributed
A photo of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ed Sullivan, George Harrison and Ringo Starr taken by Bill Eppridge during The Beatles Feb. 9, 1964 appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Photo Credit: Bill Eppridge

DANBURY, Conn. -- Legendary Life magazine photojournalist Bill Eppridge of the Beatles' historic 1964 visit to the United States will be featured in an upcoming Western Connecticut State University Art Gallery exhibition in Danbury. 

The exhibit opens Tuesday, Jan. 19 and continues through Saturday, March 13 at the university's Visual and Performing Arts Center.

A collection of 55 black-and-white photographs taken by Eppridge during his coverage for Life of the British rock group’s visit to New York and Washington from Feb. 7-12, 1964, will be shown in the exhibition, “Bill Eppridge — The Beatles: Six Days That Changed the World, February 1964,” sponsored by the WCSU Department of Art.

There will be an opening reception from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, in the gallery of the arts center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury. The exhibition will be open for public viewing during gallery hours from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission for gallery viewing and the opening reception will be free; reservations to attend the reception may be made online.

Eppridge, who resided in New Milford in his later years, died in October 2013 in Danbury after an extraordinary career as a photojournalist spanning 60 years. He is widely recognized for capturing iconic images of contemporary history, including the Beatles’ Feb. 9, 1964, appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and the poignant image on June 6, 1968, of a busboy kneeling beside the mortally wounded Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in a Los Angeles hotel kitchen moments after his assassination.

The WCSU exhibition of his 1964 Beatles tour photo shoot, was made possible by the painstaking work of Eppridge’s editor and wife, Adrienne Aurichio, who reviewed and organized the vast photo archive into a comprehensive record of the Beatles’ tour as it unfolded.

For more information, call the Department of Art at (203) 837-8403, the Art Gallery at (203) 837-8889 or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

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