OPENS: NOV. 10, 2016
CLOSES: Feb. 4, 2018
AHMET ERTEGUN MAIN EXHIBITION HALL
MELLENCAMP tells story of a complex artist who forged his own path – transforming from manager-named “Johnny Cougar” to self-possessed John Mellencamp, a music and visual artist, a champion of heartland values, and an advocate for American farmers.
John Mellencamp Jacket, c. 1983. Collection of John Mellencamp. Mellencamp wore this leather jacket throughout the 1980s.
John Mellencamp received this guitar from then-manager Tony DeFries, who previously managed David Bowie. Bowie played this on the Ziggy Stardust tour.
A wide shot of the John Mellencamp exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Twelve Dreams (2005) oil on canvas, by John Mellencamp
Mellencamp has always been a motorcyclist. He acquired this bike when he was in high school. Credit: Amber Patrick / Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
John Lennon and Yoko Ono held two “bed-ins” for peace in March and May of 1969. The single “Give Peace a Chance” was recorded, using this guitar.