Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture to Open Pearl Jam Exhibition in August
The Seattle-based Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) has revealed it will open an exhibition to celebrate the music of Pearl Jam to coincide with the band's hometown shows this August. Organized in collaboration with the band and its Ten Club fan club, "Pearl Jam: Home & Away" is set to be the most extensive showing of the group's storied history.
“This exhibition will give an intimate first-hand look at Pearl Jam’s journey from 1990 to the present and into the future,” says Jacob McMurray, Senior Curator of MoPOP, in a statement. “From their beginnings as one of the originators of the 'Seattle Sound' and the grunge phenomenon, to their sustained global impact as one of the most popular and respected bands in the world, Pearl Jam’s story is still unfolding as they continue to sell out shows world-wide and use their stage to further social and political consciousness.”
The exhibit will feature more than 200 artifacts directly from Pearl Jam bandmembers that have been stored in their Seattle warehouse. "Pearl Jam: Home & Away" is set to open tot he general public on August 11, which is the day after the group's two-night stand at Seattle's Safeco field. Spanning 28 years, the exhibition will feature personal instruments, equipment, stage props, original typewritten lyrics and notebooks, original poster and album art, set lists, and a photo op featuring the towering letters from the front of the band's debut album, Ten.
“With the help of the talented crew at MoPOP, we're using the idea that we started with at PJ20 and taking the Pearl Jam Museum to a whole new level,” says Pearl Jam archivist and videographer Kevin Shuss in a statement. “Focusing on items from tours and memorabilia from the band's warehouse, the exhibit will be a must-see for any Pearl Jam fan."
"Pearl Jam: Home & Away" will be included with MoPOP general admission and will remain on view until early 2019. June and July will see PJ head over to Europe for a handful of shows before returning to the States in August for a set of gigs in baseball stadiums including Wrigley Field in Chicago, Ill. and Fenway Park in Boston, Mass in addition to the Seattle dates, which are being dubbed "home" while the rest are labeled as "away" dates in a nod to baseball. The full run of tour dates can be found here.
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