Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar

September 29, 2018 - January 6, 2019

The guitar has been a signature element of world culture for more than 500 years.  As the guitar’s ancestors evolved over centuries from the earliest ouds and lutes, guitar makers experimented with shapes, materials, and accessories, seeking the perfect blend of beauty and sound. Spanning centuries of design and craftsmanship, the exhibition takes visitors through the history of an object that is one of the most recognizable items on the planet.

The show features 40 iconic stringed instruments, ranging from an intricately inlaid Moorish oud, a six-foot long Renaissance theorbo, to guitars displaying the modern Italian design of the Eko and one with a stunning transparent  acrylic body of California's BC Rich guitars.

Art and music transcend cultural boundaries while the most recognized musical instrument – the guitar – has influenced culture beyond music.  Through the years the guitar and its shape have been integral elements for artists such as Vermeer and Picasso, and today they are incorporated into the advertisement of everything from clothes to cars. 

Sponsored in part by

Chuck and Lisa Surack and

Pop-Up Guitar Performances: October 11, November 8, and December 13, 6pm
Join us on 2nd Thursdays for pop-up guitar performances! Fort Wayne musicians will be playing Fender guitars in the gallery. Free admission.

October 11: Derek Mauger / Heaven's Gateway Drugs
November 8: Ryan Holquist / March On, Comrade
December 13: Ken Jehle / Soloist

An Evening with Paul Reed Smith: October 12, 7pm
Spend time with master luthier and founder of PRS Guitars, considered one of the top makers of high quality guitars in the US. Paul Reed Smith will lecture on his craft in light of the exhibition Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar.

$8 Members | $15 Non-Members -Sold Out! Thank you so much and see you there!

Curator's Tour: December 6, 12:15pm
This month, we invited a special guest to give the tour! Sweetwater Sound Senior Sales Engineer Greg Baum will lead you on an engaging and lively gallery tour through this exhibition. From his specialized and personal point of view, Baum offers a unique perspective on this phenomenal exhibition. Tours are free with gallery admission.

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