Celebrating country stars such as Roy Clark, Dolly Parton, and Mark O’Connor with vintage performance footage and instruments used on thousands of recordings.
“The King of Latin Music,” bandleader and timbales virtuoso Tito Puente (1923–2000) is now celebrated in MIM’s Artist Gallery thanks to recent loans from the Puente family.
Celebrate music’s most influential artists! In every time and place, there are musicians whose art deeply touches the lives of many. MIM’s Artist Gallery highlights these personalities with ever-changing exhibits that span sound, style, and era. See and hear instruments played by icons such as Elvis Presley®, Johnny Cash, Pablo Casals, John Lennon, “King” Sunny Adé, Taylor Swift, Clara Rockmore, Maroon 5, and many others from around the world.
Taylor Swift is one of the most successful musical artists in the world. She is also a multi-instrumentalist and an extraordinarily talented songwriter. MIM is honored to showcase some important artifacts from Swift’s career and hopes this exhibit inspires guests of all ages to play an instrument and make their own music.
PABLO CASALS’S CELLO
MIM curator Colin Pearson and Pablo Casals Museum director José Delannoy talk about legendary cellist Pablo Casals and introduce us to his cello, currently on display in the Artist Gallery at MIM. This exhibit is presented in cooperation with the Pablo Casals Museum and the Musical Arts Corporation of Puerto Rico.
CARTER FAMILY / JOHNNY CASH
The “First Family of Country Music” and the “Man in Black” have arrived at MIM. The exhibits give guests an overview of their musical careers and historical impact. The trio of A.P., Sara, and Maybelle Carter is widely recognized for helping launch country music’s commercial beginnings, while Johnny Cash bucked music industry norms, singing of America’s marginalized population, and later going on to achieve superstardom.
Maroon 5 is one of the most successful groups in music today, writing hits that combine distinctive vocals with elements of rock, soul, funk, and more. The display features instruments from five band members, including lead singer Adam Levine’s rare Ibanez electric guitar and lead guitarist James Valentine’s Fender Telecaster Deluxe guitar.