There is something about a cowboy and guitar that says “we belong together.” Today they do, but that was not always the case. In spring 2010, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum® offers a new exhibition showcasing the instrument.
“The Guitar: Art, Artists and Artisans" spotlights three aspects. “First, the guitar is a work of art itself, providing a canvas for artwork that enhances the instrument’s beauty. Secondly, there are musical artists who are identified with the guitar when they perform. Lastly, there are the artisans who create these beautiful instruments,” said Don Cusic, the exhibit’s guest curator, in an article written for the Museum’s Persimmon Hill magazine, Winter 2009.
Organized by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the exhibit opens February 12 and runs through May 9. There will be a “sweet” exhibition preview that is free to the public, February 13, 6 to 8 p.m. Whether attending solo, visiting as part of a group or treating your Valentine, enjoy extended hours and be among the first to see this colorful exhibit.
Included in the exhibition are approximately 50 guitars worth millions, from top entertainers — recording artists whose image and career is tied closely to this instrument. These notable artists include Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Lynn Anderson, Brooks & Dunn, Eddy Arnold, Garth Brooks and Marty Robbins.
This exhibit spans the spectrum of time, hosting guitars recently built and played and historic models such as a C.F. Martin, circa 1845, lavishly ornamented and presented to Benito Pablo Juárez, President of Mexico. Also on display is a collection of 12 guitars covered with Swarovski crystals that make up a guitar chandelier designed by Dallas, Texas artist Amanda Dunbar of Dunbar Studios.
The exhibition captures the magic of the guitar, the most popular instrument in America today. The guitar is an instrument that appeals to all the senses. The sound of a guitar, the beauty of a guitar, and the touch of a guitar give both players and listeners a taste of true art. A portion of the exhibit demonstrates how a guitar is built.
For information about “The Guitar: Art, Artists and Artisans” or other Museum events call (405) 478-2250 or visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.
The National Cowboy Museum, America’s Premier Western Heritage Museum™, is supported through memberships and private and corporate donations. The Museum is located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District at the junction of I-35 and I-44.
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