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OPENS: NOV. 10, 2016

CLOSES: May 28, 2018


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.

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Mellencamp Leather Jacket

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John Mellencamp Jacket, c. 1983. Collection of John Mellencamp. Mellencamp wore this leather jacket throughout the 1980s.

David Bowie Harptone Guitar

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John Mellencamp received this guitar from then-manager Tony DeFries, who previously managed David Bowie. Bowie played this on the Ziggy Stardust tour.

John Mellencamp Exhibit

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A wide shot of the John Mellencamp exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Twelve Dreams

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Twelve Dreams (2005) oil on canvas, by John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp 1965 Honda CL77

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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 Acoustic Guitar

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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.