California Museum: America at the Crossroads: The Guitar and a Changing Nation

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Strumming Through History: The Guitar’s Impact on American Culture

“America at the Crossroads,” a fascinating new exhibition at the California Museum, showcases the evolution of the guitar in American society, tracing its rise to become the nation’s most beloved musical instrument. This traveling exhibit from the National Guitar Museum will be on display from May 24 to September 1, 2024, and offers visitors a unique look at the guitar’s deep ties to significant historical and cultural moments.

The exhibit features a remarkable collection of 40 instruments that illustrate the guitar’s transformation through various historical eras. Highlighted within this collection are original guitars played by iconic musicians such as Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Eddie Van Halen, and Los Tigres del Norte—each telling its own story of musical innovation and cultural impact.

In addition to celebrating these legendary figures, the exhibition also shines a spotlight on influential California guitar makers like Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Taylor Guitars, Alembic, and Santa Cruz Guitar Company. This bonus section pays tribute to the Golden State’s rich contribution to the guitar’s development and its enduring legacy in music history.

“America at the Crossroads” is not just an exhibition for music lovers; it’s a journey through the heart of America’s musical and cultural landscape, offering insights into how the guitar has shaped and been shaped by the times. It’s an unmissable opportunity for anyone interested in the intersections of music, history, and cultural expression.

California Museum
1020 O St
(916) 653-7524

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