Exhibition: Pylon: Tourists in Rock n' Roll

Drawing of Pylon's iconic traffic pylon image


In 1979, Randall Bewley, Curtis Crowe, Vanessa Briscoe Hay, and Michael Lachowski formed the band Pylon in Athens, Georgia. All connected to the local art scene, what the members lacked in musical experience they made up for with bold experimentation. The group created a danceable, new wave sound and unique visual style that became a foundational part of the emerging music scene in Athens during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

This exhibition displays items from Pylon's personal archives, donated to the Hargrett Library in July 2020. Items include performance costumes, photographs, original song lyrics, show posters, and ephemera collected by the band while on tour. The exhibit is on display through May 31, 2021.