Oh, wouldn't it be a most wonderous thing
To have a guitar that could play and could sing
By itself--what an absolute joy it would be
To have a guitar . . . that didn't need me.
- Shel Silverstein
Day 1 - ORIGIN STORY
History of the Guitar: Acoustic to Electric, Ancient to Modern
Music is a vital part of our cultural expression, and perhaps no musical instrument has shaped the development of music through modern history as much as the guitar.
20 Great Classical Guitarists
For the past 400 years, the guitar has probably been the most popular and accessible of all instruments. Here we showcase 20 of the instrument’s greatest classical exponents.
Gibson TV has dedicated a whopping 14 episodes to the process of crafting their guitars. View all the videos by clicking on the link below.
Keeping It Local
Day 2 - ARCHIve diving
MTV Unplugged | Nirvana
A Night To Remember:
On November 18, 1993, Nirvana performed at MTV studios in New York for a legendary acoustic performance that would air as part of the MTV Unplugged series.
The Guitar Gallery
The exhibition features nearly 20 guitars from music legends like Howlin' Wolf's 1965 Epiphone Casino, Nancy Wilson's 1965 Fender Stratocaster, Brandi Carlile's Taylor GC8, and Jerry Cantrell's 1984 G&L Rampage.
Adopt An Artifact
Carrie used this instrument as her principal guitar for songwriting, performing, and recording as part of Sleater-Kinney in the mid- to late-90s. Donations start at a minimum of $25 per artifact.
Day 3 - Artistic expression
Up to 70% off
An Art Form
This week's coloring sheets are dedicated to all things guitar. Download the entire series by clicking on the box below. Be sure to use #MoPOP when sharing your finished works of art on social media.
The Met | Play It Loud Exhibit
The exhibition is co-organized with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and will present approximately 130 instruments alongside posters and costumes. Many of rock's most celebrated and recognized instruments are featured. In addition to institutional and private collectors, many musicians are lending their performance and recording instruments.
The History of Concert Posters
With every new music movement, came new art and new printing techniques that were influenced by the posters that came before. From the bare-bones style of the early boxing posters to the eye-bending imagery of psychedelic, concert posters are works of art and are becoming an increasingly valued commodity in the collecting community.
Nine PRS Dragon Guitars
“When I was a teenager, I had a dream about a guitar with a dragon inlaid down the neck, and in 1992, I was able to realize that dream for the first time. It has become an important part of our history to celebrate the technology that allows us to create these intricate inlays and the idea that dreams can become reality.”
- Paul Reed Smith
Probably the most important figure of the 20th century. There had been no other artists, who had such an impact on the art world, or had a mass following of fans and critics alike.
His paintings are a reflection of an exploration of feelings about both the physical and imagined worlds, resulting in work which possesses an intangible aspect that strikes a familiar note.
Day 4 - music appreciation
School's In Session
Watch & Learn
For The Love of Music
EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR
with Jacob McMurray | Director of Curatorial, Collections & Exhibits
In this white-glove tour, Jacob will show off some of the classics, but also feature some of the unsung heroes of the archives with an in-depth view of the instruments as well as sharing the stories behind their acquisition and exhibit integration.
Day 5 - Weekend inspiration
Next week's theme
The Museum of Pop Culture’s mission is to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities.