Lost and Found
John Lennon's former lover showcases rare Lost Weekend photos in Austin exhibit and sale
John Lennon's early 1970s solo output marked a creative reawakening for the former Beatle. Now, an upcoming exhibition provides an intimate glimpse into Lennon's life during his infamous "Lost Weekend" era at a special exhibition and sale coming to Austin.
From December 1-3, Ao5 Gallery will unveil "The Lost Weekend: The Photography of May Pang," a collection of Pang's candid snapshots of the music legend during their 18-month relationship.
Complementing the exhibition is the recent digital release of the documentary "The Lost Weekend: A Love Story," offering a holistic portrait of the couple's time together. Visitors can view Pang's photos for free and immerse themselves in this pivotal chapter of Lennon's life.
The exhibition provides a window into the ways Pang supported Lennon's artistic pursuits and private life behind the scenes. Pang, who will make an appearance at the opening cocktail reception to meet fans, was Lennon's companion from late 1973 to 1975. She captured snapshots of Lennon relaxing at home and jamming with musicians like Elton John, Mick Jagger, and David Bowie.
During the Lost Weekend, Pang not only captured poignant photographs, but also helped reconnect John Lennon with estranged loved ones. Lennon met with Paul McCartney, leading to a memorable jam session between the two former Beatles, as well as his son, whom he hadn't seen in nearly three years.
Highlights of the photo collection include the last known photo of Lennon and McCartney together. Additionally, visitors can see the only existing photo of Lennon signing the contract to break up the Beatles. Many of the photos have never before been available to the public. It is not clear yet which photos will be included in the sale.
Although most people see Lennon primarily as a member of The Beatles, "The Photography of May Pang" provides a rare look at another one of his most artistically fruitful periods. This era represented a comeback for Lennon after his retreat from public life. During this highly creative time, he released acclaimed albums like Mind Games, Walls and Bridges, and Rock 'N’ Roll.
Guests will have a special chance to view never-before-seen photos from December 1-3 at Ao5 Gallery (10000 Research Blvd Ste. 118). Reserve a space on Eventbrite.