If you like contemporary music and graphic design, don’t miss “The Material Aspect: 50 Years of Popular Music Packaging” through Oct. 18 at Drake University’s Anderson Gallery (on the first floor of the Harmon Fine Arts Center), 2505 Carpenter Ave. Featuring more than 200 record and CD covers from major and independent labels, the exhibit opens with the bright, psychedelic 1960s and moves through pop, punk, grunge, techno and contemporary postmodernism phases.
Curator John Fender, a Drake art and design professor, goes beyond the covers’ commercial function to explore how music packaging—from the playful to political—attempts to connect artists and listeners. Visitors also can hear selections from the albums on display, experiencing the relationship between the packaging and the music itself. The gallery is free and open to the public, noon–4 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday, with extended hours on Thursday until 8 p.m.