Morrison Hotel Gallery Does Rock and Hip Hop

Morrison Hotel Gallery Does Rock and Hip Hop


Morrison Hotel Gallery

Morrison Hotel Gallery the world leader in fine art music photography representing over 125 of the most highly acclaimed music photographers has three galleries nationwide with their flagship store here in SoHo nestled between boutique shops,  and cobblestone streets. They curate hundreds of the world’s most exceptional collections of rare and iconic music photography for international exhibition and sale. Working with the photographers themselves, the family estates, and often legendary artists in music who are also photographers, Morrison Hotel Gallery brings to light unseen archives, drawing from a vast and growing catalog of jazz, blues, and rock genres dating back to the 1940s and up to today’s contemporary artists. 

I stopped by the gallery to chat with Marcelle Murdock, the Gallery Sales Director and Fine Art Specialist Matthew Stavro. They gave me an exceptional tour elaborating on the legendary stories behind these brilliantly captured photographs. Marcelle and Matthew are aspiring visual artists as well, but the art that influences them couldn’t be more different. I asked them both to share with me their favorite pieces in the gallery. Matthew pulled up a classic photo of Jay-Z from the 1988 “Classic Gangster” album cover photo shoot with Timothy White from their online archives. I didn't know that rap artists were a part of the Morrison Hotel Gallery repertoire, but they have an amazing collection called "Hip Hop's 44th-anniversary" featuring icons like Run DMC, The Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy, as well as contemporary artists like LL Cool J and Kanye West.  

After contemplating several pieces, Marcelle decided on a piece from the Marilyn Manson 1996 Antichrist Superstar album photo shoot. "This was the album that changed everything for me” she said. “Marilyn Manson became my favorite artist that year at age 9, and continues to be my greatest inspiration to date." Marcelle also shared that this particular photo shoot had several chickens involved and many were lost until the next day; the photo has scratches and marks all over it done intentionally by the band. 

These are just some of the incredible stories behind the works at Morrison Hotel Gallery. Stop in this month for their newest exhibit running August 24th through September 10th as they present Are You Experienced, a psychedelic photography exhibition and sale that features the work of photographer/art director Karl Ferris, creator of the iconic album cover for Jimi Hendrix's debut album 50 years ago. Hours M- Sa 11 am - 7 pm, Su noon- 6 pm


Morrison Hotel Gallery, 116 Prince Street, 2nd Floor, 212.941.8770


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