“Louder Than Words – Rock, Power and Politics” opened to the public on Monday March 12, 2018. The exhibit showcases the intersection between rock and politics through video, multimedia, photographs, periodicals and artifacts. It will explore how artists exercise their First Amendment rights, challenge assumptions and beliefs, stimulate thought, and effect change. The exhibit runs through August 5, 2018.
Since it burst on the scene, rock and roll has been the soundtrack of American life. It’s been there at every moment – in war and peace, in the struggle for human rights, and in triumph and tragedy. Politically, it marches with us in protest, champions the American Dream, supports campaigns, and amplifies our voices when we demand change. It embraces those who are different and encourages others to do the same. Rock and roll is the voice of “us” – of people around the world who strive to be heard. It reflects our world or a call for it to change. The music speaks for us and with us, and ultimately is louder than words.