THE GUITAR EXHIBITIONS


AMERICA AT THE CROSSROADS:
The GUITAR & A Changing Nation


SHAPE SHIFTING:
The GUITAR as Modern ARTifact


MEDIEVAL TO METAL:
The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR


Our touring exhibitions showcase the history and art of the guitar, with each exhibition focusing on a unique aspect of the guitar's role in art, history, and popular culture. Each exhibition has been curated by The National GUITAR Museum, and includes artifacts from its permanent collection..



















AMERICA AT THE CROSSROADS:
The GUITAR & A Changing Nation



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America At The Crossroads: The GUITAR And A Changing Nation looks at America’s evolution through the lens of its most popular instrument—an instrument that has been part of our cultural heritage since the country’s founding. The guitar has been a symbol for everything from generational differences and racial divide on to politics, consumer marketing, and fashionable relevance.

Visitors to this exhibition will experience the history and cultural impact of the guitar in an exhibition that contains 40 instruments representing significant moments in America’s evolution—from the earliest Spanish invasion to the nation’s modern status as a global superpower. The artifacts are supplemented with video, photographs, and illustrations that depict important events, artists, and instruments of the last century.

MARKET: History Museums, American Cultural Centers, Civic And Library Centers.
SPECIFICATIONS: 40 Instruments, 10 Video Displays, Wall Banners/Posters.



SCHEDULE

DEBUTING JANUARY 2023!
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum & Library / Grand Rapids, MI: January – May 2023
The California Museum / Sacramento, CA: May – September 2024





Shape Shifting Promo

The unveiling of the electric guitar in the 1950s immediately changed world culture. It transformed music and it changed the ways in which we visualize how music is made and performed. "SHAPE SHIFTING: The GUITAR As Modern Artifact" presents 40 instruments that embody the art of the guitar, and display it as both an instrument and a physical canvas for artists and builders.

This touring exhibition is available for a limited time.

MARKET: Modern Art Museums, Art Galleries, Cultural Centers.
SPECIFICATIONS: 40 Instruments, Wall Banners, Original Design Illustrations, Interpretive Album Covers.


SCHEDULE

Available for Spring 2023 and Fall 2023.



M2M Wide Promo Web

This outstanding touring art exhibition invites visitors to explore the art and design of the world’s most popular instrument. "Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR" features 40 objects, 20 photographs of acclaimed musicians and their guitars, and photorealistic illustrations of historically important designs. These range from the medieval theorbo and lute on up to modern designs that incorporate gold leaf, acrylic, and carbon fiber.

The exhibition is completely self-contained with display walls, text panels, internal lighting, and an onsite tech for install.

MARKET: Art Museums, Art Galleries, History Museums, Library and Cultural Centers.
SPECIFICATIONS: 40 Instruments, Photorealistic Illustrations, 20 Artist Photographs, Album Covers, Wall Banners/Posters.



SCHEDULE

The Powerhouse Museum / Durango, CO: May – September 3, 2022
The Midland Libraries / Midland, TX: September 16, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Juliet Art Museum / Charleston, WV: February 18 – May 28, 2023
The Loveland Museum / Loveland, CO: June 24 – September 17, 2023
AVAILABLE – FALL 2023





















Our debut exhibition, "GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World," will close out its twelve year run this year after 30 installations. It has been one of the most successful touring exhibitions ever produced. We are honored to have had millions of visitors view this exhibition over the past decade.

Our three current exhibitions:


America At The Crossroads: The GUITAR And A Changing Nation
SHAPE SHIFTING: The GUITAR As Modern Artifact
Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR

are touring nationally, presenting the history, art, and pop culture through the lens of the guitar.






ABOUT US




The National GUITAR Museum is the world’s first museum dedicated exclusively to the art, history, evolution, and cultural impact of the guitar. The NGM is presenting its Touring Exhibitions to preserve, present, and promote the guitar.

The NGM has assembled a world-class team of guitarists, designers, and production staff to develop the most unique experiences related to the guitar and its artists ever presented.

As of 2022, our exhibitions have been booked into over 50 art museums, history museums, cultural venues, and science centers across America.

The museum is overseen by its executive director, HP Newquist, and is supported by curators, designers, museum professionals, and a Board Of Advisors that includes guitarists Tony Iommi, Steve Vai, Steve Howe, Liona Boyd, Ritchie Blackmore, Al di Meola, and Joe Bonamassa.



EXHIBITION VENUES TO DATE


GUITAR Exhibitions have been hosted in the following museums:

Denver Museum Of Nature & Science • Bullock State Museum • The Durham Omaha • Peoria Riverfront Museum • McWane Science Center • The Castle History Museum • St. Louis Science Center • Cincinnati Museum Center • Museum Of The Rockies • Fort Worth Museum of Science & History • Kalamazoo Museum • Berkshire Museum • Buffalo Museum Of Science • Gulf Coast Exploreum • Whitaker Center • Exploration Place • OMSI • Discovery Place • Imagination Station • Liberty Science Center • Bishop Museum • Fleet Science Center • Museum Of Idaho • Springfield Museums • Science Museum Of Virginia • Carnegie Science Center • Louisville Science Center • Orlando Science Center • Discovery Museum Connecticut • Lauren Rogers Museum Of Art • Reading Public Museum • Museum Of Art & Science Daytona • Carlsbad Museum • Museum at TTU • Czech Museum • Currier Art Museum • Stamford Museum • Fort Wayne Museum Of Art • Appleton Museum • Vero Beach Museum Of Art • Saginaw Art Museum • Butler Institute Of Art • The Haggin Museum • Sonoma Country Museum • New Mexico Museum Of Art • Woodson Museum Of Art



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