David and JohnPaul recently traveled to St. Petersburg, Florida and gave a lecture about the development of the classical guitar and the instrument’s unsung hero: the luthier, at the Museum of Fine Art. The exhibit “The Art of the Classical Guitar” ran from January through the end of May and featured several historical instruments on display including Torres, Hauser I & II, Bouchet, Simplicio and several others. Several of these guitars were heard publicly in a series of concerts given by Andrew York, Adam Holzman, Michael Chapdelaine, Jason Vieaux and Jeremy Jouve. In addition to David and JohnPaul’s presentation, luthier Jeffrey Elliot also delivered a lecture on the ethics of guitar restoration. We were honored to be invited to such a historic event celebrating all things classical guitar.

The exhibit itself was laid out in a way that took the visitor from pre-Torres instruments to an actual Antonio de Torres and then included a “greatest hits”, if you will, of many of the great makers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Audio and video selections were utilized to show the sounds of different guitars and changes that occurred throughout the 20th century as well as to tell unique stories about some of the instruments with provenance.

We were thrilled and quite touched to see these fine historic instruments in the same gallery that also housed fine art by Monet, Matisse, Cezanne, artifacts from Greece, Nepal and India, and even modern masterpieces by Georgia O’Keefe and many other artists spanning several thousands of years and the world over! It brought into perspective the place that music, especially the classical guitar, holds in the world of art and how much further the instrument can go to be accepted as a work of art in its own right, without even recognizing the music, beauty, and emotions that are created with this most beautiful “work of art”.


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2 Responses to “GSI at the Museum of Fine Art”

  1. John says:

    Is there a recording? Would love to see it / hear it!

  2. Peter Lovett says:

    A podcast perhaps?


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