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Gallery Glimpse: 'Taylor Swift' at MIM in Phoenix

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 3:29 PM



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'Taylor Swift Exhibit'



When: The museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Saturdays; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays.

Where: Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix.

Admission: Exhibit is free with museum admission ($18; $14 for teens; $10 for ages 4-12).

Details: 480-478-6000, mim.org.



By Randy CordovaThe Republic | azcentral.com Wed Nov 7, 2012


To hear David Wegehaupt, the Musical Instrument Museum’s curatorial assistant, talk about working with Taylor Swift management on a newly opened MIM exhibit dedicated to the country star, it sounds a little like a great blind date. There was instant chemistry as the singer’s office worked with the museum to create a display reflecting both the beginnings of her career and her current megastar period.

The former era is represented by handwritten lyrics for her debut single, “Tim McGraw,” which Swift scrawled in red pen on three-hole notebook paper. You also have a Taylor Guitar (as in the instrument company, not Swift) and a pair of wingtip cowboy boots, Size 9, that she wore in her first music video.

The current period is handled with a giant prop bell that was featured on her Speak Now Tour and a spangly gold dress designed by Roberto Cavalli. There’s also a ganjo, a guitar-banjo hybrid that Swift used on tour.

“We’re hoping to bring in a younger audience with this,” Wegehaupt said of the exhibit, which will run for at least one year. “The young people who might not be so excited about seeing John Lennon’s piano may get excited about this.”

The timing certainly is good. The exhibit opened Oct. 20, just two days before the arrival of Swift’s fourth album, “Red.”

Swift’s presence in the museum is not merely due to her staggering popularity, which includes more than 22 million albums sold in a six-year career.

“She started out as a songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist — she’s more than just a celebrity who’s popular,” Wegehaupt said. “She’s someone who can inspire young people to want to get involved in music.”

She even inspired Wegehaupt, whose musical tastes lean more toward such alternative acts as Radiohead and Animal Collective.

“She was not someone I would normally listen to, but in doing the research and learning so much about her and listening to her, she is a really talented artist,” he said. “But yes, she was a little out of my zone at first.”
Reach the reporter at randy.cordova@arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-8849. Twitter.com/randy_cordova

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    Re: Gallery Glimpse: 'Taylor Swift' at MIM in Phoenix

    Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    OMS I NEED TO GO!!!
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    Re: Gallery Glimpse: 'Taylor Swift' at MIM in Phoenix

    Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Oms, I wish I could go but its in America :/ :P :) x
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    Thanks to Calizzle4 for making these ^ amazing graphics!

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    Re: Gallery Glimpse: 'Taylor Swift' at MIM in Phoenix

    Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    How can I get to Phoenix????


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    Re: Gallery Glimpse: 'Taylor Swift' at MIM in Phoenix

    Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    I totally wish I could go to something like this where it shows desplayed items. Too bad there waesn't one for the Canadian Swifties up where we live.
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