'Women Who Rock' exhibit opening at MIM

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- On Saturday, Oct.r 19, MIM opens its latest special exhibition, "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power. "

This groundbreaking exhibition created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum highlights more than 70 female artists including Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Madonna, Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, Lady Gaga and more.

The exhibition features instruments, original handwritten lyrics, stage outfits, concert posters and videos from artists including Billie Holiday, Maybelle Carter, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and more. The exhibition weaves a powerful and engaging narrative that demonstrates how women have been engines of creation and change in popular music, from the early years of the 20th century to the present. Notable artifacts include Lady Gaga's meat dress, Wanda Jackson's acoustic guitar, Joan Jett's leather jacket, Bessie Smith's "Oh Daddy Blues" sheet music and many more.

"With decades' worth of creativity, struggle, innovation and success represented in this single exhibition, guests will have a real opportunity to be entertained and moved, and to leave with the desire to contribute something of their own," said MIM curator Dr. Cullen Strawn. "Experiencing this along with the exhibits in MIM's Geographical Galleries will make for a visit immersed in passionate and powerful music from all parts of the world."

The exhibition will be housed in MIM's Target Gallery through April 20, 2014, and admission is $7 when purchased with general museum admission or $10 for the exhibition only.

The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo boulevards, just south of Loop 101). For general museum information and a full schedule of events, visit MIM.org or call 480-478-6000.