Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Bold As Love: Jimi Hendrix at Home
November 27, 2018-May 5, 2019
The much anticipated exhibit, Bold As Love: Jimi Hendrix at Home, offers a rare and detailed look at Jimi’s Seattle origins through the lens of those closest to him and by his own artistic eyes. Through archival and family photos, his own artwork, personal artifacts, music, and multimedia, visitors will discover how the icon’s Seattle upbringing shaped his life and career. The collection of art and visual effects is being billed as more than an exhibition, but an experience that will take museum guests on a journey into the life of James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix, whose rise to stardom was meteoric, but whose feet never left the ground.
“We wanted people to come away feeling like they know Jimi on a different level. He was a complex and beautiful human being. His music was just a part of who he was,” explains Janie Hendrix, President & CEO of Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. and Authentic Hendrix, LLC. “Bold As Love: Jimi Hendrix at Home is our way of showing some of the many facets of Jimi at various stages of his life, not just on stage. This exhibit reveals Jimi the man, not only as a performer.”
The world recognizes Jimi Hendrix as an unequivocally gifted rock star who changed the world of music forever. He transformed the electric guitar into an instrument the world would embrace, raising the standards of rock music and making it more of an art form. He continues to have international appeal, but few recognize his humble beginnings here in Seattle. The exhibit opens the door to his home.
Growing up primarily in Seattle’s Central District, Jimi’s exposure to music began at an early age and was cultivated by his father, James “Al” Hendrix. Jimi’s infatuation with the guitar started with a broom, as observed by his dad. He then graduated to a one-string ukulele, and finally a guitar. Never formally trained, Jimi was a self-taught musician, listening intently the sounds of blues and jazz at home. His unique style of dress, later displayed in life, was also part of his family’s legacy. His colorful costumes paid homage to his grandmother’s vaudevillian roots, as did his stunning theatrical performances. Each a vestige of home. His musical genius, personified by his free spirit and self-awareness, would ultimately make Seattle proud, and the universe his friend.
“The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) is delighted to partner with Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Authentic Hendrix LLC on this profoundly important exhibition that explores the life and musical genius of Jimi Hendrix from the perspective of his Seattle roots,” said LaNesha DeBardelaben, Executive Director at NAAM. “His brilliance and legacy inspire us because he’s one of us. This is a unique opportunity to see Seattle through his eyes and what he cherished. Young or old, there is something for everyone to learn and discover in this exhibition.”
Jeremy Bell: Utopian Blackness
Dec 20, 2018 – Mar 24, 2019
Through the lens of self-discovery, Jeremy Bell creates lifelike portraits of people. The images of men and women are reflections of Bell’s lived influence and his intimate inspirations brought to the surface by his bond with his Mother, Brother, Aunt and Grandmother. This display of fond, and familiar faces accurately resembles the essence of this exhibition title, Utopian Blackness.
Jeremy Bell: Utopian Blackness masterfully uses ink, graphite, charcoal, spray paint, wood and wax, all to frame the ordinary beauty of “just being you,” while elevating the relevance of identity found in a Utopian Blackness.
This dynamic, interactive exhibition takes visitors on a multi-faceted journey through time, exploring the history, culture, and art of the region’s African American community. Beginning with the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the chronological timeline encompasses three centuries of challenges and opportunities that were experienced by people who settled in the Pacific Northwest and called it home.
The Journey Gallery will also feature a display entitled: Legacies of Love in Leadership: Community Educators and Activists
November 9, 2018-March 31, 2019
Two Seattle Icons: Bertha Pitts Campbell and Mona Humphries Bailey
Though they grew up in different eras, different states, and were from different generations, Bertha Pitts Campbell and Mona Humphries Bailey were driven by the same vision and ideals. These two women also shared many characteristics. Both women were bold, community-oriented activists, and political risk-takers. One founded Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in 1913 and the other led the organization sixty-six years later. Their worlds would come together here in Seattle and the Founder of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Bertha Pitts Campbell and the 17th National President of the sorority, Mona Humphries Bailey continued impacting local, national and international communities.