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Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of The GUITAR

Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of The GUITAR

Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery
Open September 19, 2020 through January 10, 2021

Highlighting the single most enduring icon in American history, Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of The GUITAR, explores all aspects of the world's most popular instrument. The exhibition covers the guitar's history beginning in the Middle Ages with European and Asian instruments such as the oud and lute to its position as a key accompaniment for traveling performers, its pivotal role in blues, country western music, and rock 'n roll, ultimately serving a catalyst for popular culture. Visitors will experience the artistry, history, design, and cultural influence of the guitar. Along with 40 distinct instruments that showcase the rare and antique to the widely popular and innovative, Medieval to Metal includes dozens of photographs and illustrations that depict significant musicians and instruments of the last century. 

Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of The GUITAR from the National GUITAR Museum in New York is an exciting and engaging experience that gives visitors the opportunity to interact with the guitar from the perspective of history, evolution, and design - and the lasting music it has created.