Play It Loud – Instruments of Rock And Roll! – Michelle S.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the best places to get lost in. Their art collections are extraordinary and are scattered amongst a wide variety of rooms and buildings. I’ve been there a few times and probably haven’t scratched the surface of all there is to see. There are all kinds of art from all over the world that will captivate anyone’s imagination and inspire them to create their own.
Coming in the Spring of 2019, there will be a new surprise exhibition coming that is sure to shake things up in an extremely loud way! “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll,” is a collaboration organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and features more than 130 instruments dating between 1939 and 2017 culled from more than 70 private and public collections in the US and the UK. Many of the items in this collection have been locked away for decades and not seen publicly since they appeared onstage. Now this is something to get excited about! The exhibition dates are from April 8th – October 1, 2019 at The Met Fifth Avenue. So, this will give you time to plan your vacation!
What’s so special about this collection? Well, this collection explores one of the most influential artistic movements of the 20th century and the objects that made the music possible. Highlights include: Chuck Berry’s electric guitar ES-350T (1957), which was used to record “Johnny B. Goode”; Jimi Hendrix’s electric guitar “Love Drops,” originally decorated by him; James Jamerson’s upright bass, likely used on many early Motown hits; Keith Emerson’s keyboard rig, consisting of the customized Moog Modular Synthesizer, electric tone-wheel organ, and rotary speakers; a reconstructed performance rig from Eddie Van Halen as it appeared onstage in 1978; Steve Miller’s electric guitar that was painted with psychedelic designs by artist Bob Cantrell; Jack Bruce’s electric bass, which he used while he was with Cream as well as items from The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Jimmy Page, Metallica, The Rolling Stones, Jerry Garcia and more.
But this isn’t all of it, this collection also features exhibitions that examine the many ways in which rock and roll musicians used their instruments. It also highlights themes such as emerging technologies and how musicians embraced them, the phenomenon of the “Guitar Gods,” crafting a visual identity using instruments, and even the destruction of instruments in some live performances. The instruments will be complemented by some 40 vintage posters, striking stage costumes, and epoch-making videos. If you’re a fan of Rock N Roll, then this is something you should check out!
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