TRAVELING EXHIBITION COMMEMORATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF NON-PROFIT MUSIC & SUPPORT ORGANIZATION
Music Maker Relief Foundation – the non-profit organization that
supports traditional Southern musicians by documenting and presenting
their art – will be the subject of a museum exhibition set to preview July 9 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza) and run through August 29
in the Dorothy And Lewis B. Cullman Center, Corridor Gallery. “We Are
the Music Makers,” which delves deeply into the living southern musical
culture and the musicians themselves, will travel to venues throughout
the country over the next five to seven years.
GRAMMY Award-winning musician Marty Stuart said, “Throughout We Are The
Music Makers, the viewer is granted access to worlds that are beyond
reach and off limits to most. There is less than a razor’s edge of
difference in royalty and rogue at the bedrock of American roots music.”
Folk music and photography legend John Cohen said, “I have never seen
photographs generate so much of the atmosphere and personalities of
In addition to musical instruments, the GRAMMY Award won by the Carolina
Chocolate Drops, North Carolina folk art, and vintage cameras, visitors
will experience thirty panels that feature photographs of traditional
Southern musicians taken by Music Maker founder and head Tim Duffy over
the last twenty years, many of which are also featured in his Nautilus
Press book We Are The Music Makers, out September 30.
The exhibit panels speak to the significance of each musician’s style
and have a storytelling quality, putting each figure in the context of
his cultural community. Audio recordings and a film are also included
which further enhances the content of the panels.
The instruments include a fiddle handcrafted by Music Maker artist
Samuel Turner of Asheville, NC; folk art by Sam McMillan of
Winston-Salem, NC; and a banjo signed to Tim Duffy by Guitar Gabriel;
and a guitar named Pawnshop owned by Adolphus Bell of Birmingham, AL.