RIT's University Gallery will throw an opening reception for "Musicians: Photographs by Bob Cato" on Thursday, April 16. The exhibit features contemporary large format prints, some never before published, from Cato's archive of photos, negatives, and slides. Over the course of 50 years in graphic arts and design, Cato worked for magazines like "Glamour" and "McCall's," headed Columbia Records' creative services, and provided art direction for George Harrison's Dark Horse Records. His photographic portfolio reads like a who's who of 20th-century music with shots of Miles Davis, Lena Horne, John Coltrane, Simon & Garfunkel, Eric Clapton, and Blood, Sweat and Tears.
Cato's corpus of work was recently acquired and assimilated into RIT's Cary Graphic Design Archive including more than 450 of his photographs, as well as paintings, sculptures, sketchbooks, and other artistic accoutrements from his career. Cato, who passed away in 1999, guest lectured at RIT on several occasions, and often spent time reviewing student portfolios and connecting them to potential careers. In this exhibit, Cato's legacy of inspiration for the next generation of visual designers lives on.
The opening reception for "Musicians: Photographs by Bob Cato" is on Thursday, April 16, at RIT's University Gallery, James. E. Booth Hall, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Exhibit will continue through June 26. library.rit.edu/cary.