Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power shines a spotlight on the astounding women who propelled rock n roll into uncharted territories. Key artifacts, videos, exclusive interviews, and listening stations underscore the defining role that women have played in popular music, from the foremothers at the roots of rock, to Grace Slick, Madonna, and musicians of the new millennium.
Featuring more than 70 artists, the exhibit celebrates women as engines of creation and change in popular music, with iconic artifacts and nonconformist costumes such as Lady Gagas meat dress worn at the 2010 MTV Music Video Awards show.
The first museum exhibit to honor nearly a century of iconic female musicians, Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power covers the vast terrain of female singers with eight specific exhibit areas:
Suffragettes to Juke-Joint Mamas: The Foremothers / Roots of Rock Get Outta that Kitchen, Rattle Those Pots and Pans: Rock and Roll Emerges Will You Love Me Tomorrow: The Early 1960s / Girl Groups
Revolution, the Counterculture and the Pill: The Late 1960s
I Will Survive: The 1970s Rockers to Disco Divas
Dance this Mess Around: Punk and Post Punk
Causing a Commotion: Madonna and the Pop Explosion
Ladies First: The 90s and the New Millennium
This exhibit was organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, Ohio.
Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power
Exhibit opens at 10 a.m. Saturday at EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; free-$20 (206-770-2702 or http://www.empmuseum.org). Museum hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Originally published Friday, June 14, 2013 at 5:31 AM
EMP Museum highlights women rockers
Seattles EMP Museum unveils the exhibit, Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15. The museum presents a kickoff concert featuring members of the Go-Gos, Hole, L7 and the Muffs Friday, June 14.
There is a bounty of instantly recognizable artifacts: Lady Gagas meat dress; one of Diana Ross spangly gowns; a futuristic wig worn by Kate Pierson of the B-52s; and Yoko Onos sunglasses.