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Melancholy Menagerie: A Gaze Into the World of Big Eyes

Open to the public through July 27, 2014
This exhibit will delve into the idea of why the Big Eyes character was so popular in the 60s and why it's had a resurgence in contemporary art. Includes artwork by famed Keane, Eden and Igor Pantuhoff. And contemporary artists such as Mark Ryden, and Mitch O'connell.

Upcoming Exhibit

Ferry Cross the Mersey: The British Invasion

Exhibit opening: Saturday, August 16, 2014
$10 admission/Free for Museum members

In early 1964 Beatlemania crossed the Atlantic. Over the next two years, English acts dominated the American charts. This exhibition of 22 framed photographs captures some on the British invasion acts of the early 1960s both onstage and behind the scenes.

Leo Fender Gallery

Low Down on the Uproar: Leo's Electric Basses

When the Telecaster, Fender’s first solidbody electric, proved to be a success, Leo Fender turned his attention towards a fully electric bass guitar. He had the finished product—the Precision Bass―in hand in 1951. Music was never the same. 

The Precision Bass rounded out what would soon be known as the rock ’n’ roll combo. It added a foundation for the electric guitars and drums. As Leo’s partner Don Randall once said: “When we got the bass where it could compete in volume with the guitars and drums, well, then we had something.” The stage was set literally for the music revolution of the 1950s and 1960s.  

The electric bass, perhaps Leo’s biggest coup, had an immeasurable impact on music. This exhibition will showcase the instruments he brought to the world, Fender, Music Man, and G&L basses. It will follow Leo’s inventions and refinements up to 1991.

Six-Strings as Canvas: Art Guitars from the Fender Custom Shop
Opening August 16
This exhibit will tell an important Fender story. From the very beginning, players added their names to instruments, created unique decorations, and painted the bodies unusual colors beyond what the factory offered. The Fender Company responded to the trend in the 1980s with the creation of the Fender Custom Shop. The guitars in this exhibit show some of the shop's outstanding examples, which are a turn to the 1800s idea of craftmanship versus the modern idea of form following function.  

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