Elvis at the National Portrait Gallery

Yes, another post about Elvis.

No, I do not have an Instagram account.

Elvis - National Portrait Gallery - Smithsonian

Ralph Wolfe Cowan (1931 – 2018)Elvis Aron Presley, 8 Jan 1935 – 16 Aug 19771976-1988, Oil on canvas, 44 x 44 x 1/2″

Elvis: A Metaphor for America?

Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki’s new film takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here. A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and non, join the journey.

Featuring Music & Appearances by:

Alec Baldwin, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, James Carville, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Lana Del Rey, Emisunshine and the Rain, Peter Guralnick, The Handsome Family, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, John Hiatt, Billie Holiday, Immortal Technique, Van Jones, Ashton Kutcher, Lindy Vision, Greil Marcus, Mike Myers, Dan Rather, Luc Sante, Sigur Rós, David Simon, Stax Academy All Stars, Big Mama Thornton, M. Ward, Kat Wright & Maggie Clifford

In Theaters June 22nd, 2018

Written and Directed by Eugene Jarecki

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Andy Warhol’s “Double Elvis”

Warhol - Elvis

The King stands proudly, feet apart, pistol cocked, those baby blues looking straight at the viewer, his infamous hips seem to move back and forth. Taking a publicity still from the Western flaming star, Warhol created larger than life Elvis’s on a massive silver canvas. The singer plays a cowboy, the ideal of American masculinity mythologized by the movies. The slicked hair, made up face, and the perfectly tailored costume remind us that this is a performance, an illusion. Warhol has captured Elvis on his own silver screen in an act of both parody and homage. In America where the Movie is the new religion and superstars reign, Warhol’s Elvis is glistening and god-like.

Source: Christie’s Article