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Last Chance to See Jimi’s Teenage Art

Last Chance to See Jimi’s Teenage Art
Fragments of Fender Stratocaster electric guitar
smashed by Jimi Hendrix.

The Jimi Hendrix exhibition at Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) will be de-installed in August. Museum guests will be able to see the exhibition through Sunday, August 5, 2007. Since the majority of the objects have been on display since EMP opened in 2000, it is time for many of the items to be “put in the dark” to help preserve them. A new temporary exhibition space-which will total approximately 5,000-square feet-will be created, giving EMP|SFM more flexibility for its exhibitions.

“Jimi's clothing and one-of-a kind drawings, paintings and lyric sheets need to be preserved; and as with any artifact, it is necessary to rest them from time to time,” said Jasen Emmons, director of curatorial affairs for EMP. “Jimi Hendrix is a great inspiration for the museum and its visitors, and we will continue to keep his presence in the museum.”

A number of artifacts from the exhibition that are not as susceptible to light will remain on display at EMP|SFM. To honor the 40th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival, EMP|SFM will create a display near the “If VI WAS IX: Roots and Branches” guitar sculpture with objects related to Hendrix's performance at the festival. The display will include the red Fender Stratocaster guitar that he smashed and burned onstage as well as posters and other objects from the historic concert. Hendrix's white Fender Stratocaster that he played during Woodstock will be placed on display in the Guitar Gallery. Three films about Hendrix will be shown in a screening room at EMP|SFM, and oral histories from people who worked with Hendrix will be featured in the Sound and Vision: Artists Tell Their Stories exhibition.

Elvis, as painted by Hendrix, circa 1957

A year after the objects have rested, EMP|SFM will look at the future of the Jimi Hendrix exhibition. EMP|SFM has received interest from other museums and cultural institutions to have the exhibition tour. From October 2002-January 2003, a smaller Jimi Hendrix exhibition from EMP was displayed at La Cité de la Musique in Paris, France. In the last six years, EMP|SFM has toured its exhibitions to cities around the world, including London, Rome, Amsterdam, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

EMP's Jimi Hendrix collection contains many rare objects that illustrate both the personal and superstar aspects of the guitar hero, from his childhood growing up in Seattle to his time on the world stage.

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