This week on Throwback Thursday’s Art Rewind, we bring you the glam and glory of 1973. So impress your friends with your trivia chops, relive your glory days, or just find out what happened in the arts in 1973. And don’t forget to watch High Plains Drifter starring Clint Eastwood on Thursday, December 5th at 8 ET/5 PT.
And Now Your 1973 Art Rewind…
1. Led Zeppelin embark on their epic North American tour, breaking attendance records set by the Beatles and generally blowing everyone’s minds with their frenetic live show and oft-reported tales of debauchery. The tour grossed over $4 million and concluded with three sold out shows at Madison Square Garden.
2. The Joffrey Ballet get hip with the debut of Deuce Coupe Ballet, set to the songs of The Beach Boys and choreographed by the legendary Twyla Tharp. It is known for being the first cross-over ballet.
3. The Sydney Opera House is opened by Queen Elizabeth II after a tumultuous decade of planning and construction following the selection of a design by Danish architect Jorn Utzon in an international design competition. The Sydney Opera House is actually comprised of numerous performing arts organizations and was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007.
4. Pink Floyd releases Dark Side Of The Moon, its most successful, popular, and critically acclaimed album ever. The album dealt with dark themes and used some of the most advanced recording techniques available at the time. It was selected by the U.S. Library of Congress for preservation on the National Recording registry.
5. Pablo Picasso dies at 91 in France. One of the most popular and influential artists of the 20th century, his works are still exhibited and sold around the world.