Exhibit featuring Jewish music icons opens

Posted at 6:57 AM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 11:51:20-05

TULSA - A local museum is holding a rockin’ exhibit that pays homage to several Jewish rock icons from over the years.

“Jews Rock” is held at the Sherwin Museum of Jewish Art and takes place from March 3 to June 24.

The exhibit showcases several musical talents through the eyes of photojournalist Janet Macoska. Pictured are musicians such as Gene Simmons, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Bette Midler and many more. 

"I kind of knew there were Jewish influences in rock 'n' roll, I just never knew that there were influences beyond musicians," Macoska said, adding that the two Cleveland DJs who coined the phrase "rock 'n' roll" in 1952 and staged the first rock concert were both Jewish. "There's just so many people involved in the creation and evolution of rock 'n' roll, it was just an inspiring story, I thought," she said.

Macoska’s work has been featured in nationally renowned magazines such as Rolling Stone, People, and Vogue and even at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

The second part of the exhibit features a select group of Oklahoma artists that have painted Jewish rock artists on guitars. The museum says it provided ten artists with a guitar body and assigned them a specific Jewish musician to paint. Some of the musicians painted are Pink, Lenny Kravitz, NoFX and Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction.

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