Paul Simon: Words & Music Exhibition To Open At L.A.'s Skirball Cultural Center, April 27th
March 21, 2017 at 1:25 PM (PT)
THE SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER will present PAUL SIMON; WORDS & MUSIC, an exhibition originally curated by the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM, at its WEST COAST premiere, APRIL 27th through SEPTEMBER 3rd.
Developed upon exclusive interviews with the artist, the show traces SIMON's life and career and illuminates his creative process. On view will be instruments, records, sheet music, handwritten lyrics, photography, costumes, and stage maquettes, as well as listening stations and performance footage spanning Simon's six-decade career.
Exclusively for the LOS ANGELES presentation, the exhibition will include many additional artifacts from SIMON's private archive and a newly created music lab developed by the SKIRBALL in cooperation with ROLAND CORPORATION U.S.
Commented SKIRBALL MUSEUM Director ROBERT KIRSCHNER, "Through his extraordinary storytelling and trailblazing exploration of sounds, PAUL SIMON has captured the spirit of our nation and our times, from disillusionment and fear to hope and compassion. Our presentation invites one and all to celebrate the life and legacy of this prolific artist, whose irresistible songwriting and landmark collaborations with artists around the world have built bridges of understanding and opened minds and hearts."
The installation will be organized chronologically, with themed sections that cover SIMON's early years and SIMON & GARFUNKEL period, his acclaimed solo work since 1971, and his songwriting process.
In the newly developed music lab, created exclusively by ROLAND CORPORATION U.S. for the SKIRBALL, visitors will experience SIMON's recordings firsthand through various interactives. Music fans will be invited to keep the beat to "Cecilia" in a communal drum circle, manipulate tracks for "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard" and "Wristband" using mixing equipment, and more.
The SKIRBALL's presentation expands on the original exhibition and includes many never-before-exhibited or rarely exhibited items from SIMON's own archives.
On FRIDAY, MAY 12th, at 8p (PT), the SKIRBALL will present a screening of the EMMY-nominated documentary "Under AFRICAN Skies," which traces the turbulent origins and lasting impact of PAUL SIMON's landmark album "Graceland."