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Art News: Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts closes its 25th Anniversary year by saluting women’s contributions to rock and roll in Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power. This year’s Fall Benefit honors singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge.

Organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the exhibition highlights the flashpoints, the firsts, and the celebrated and lesser-known women who have influenced the genre from its inception through today.  The only east coast venue, NMWA presents Women Who Rock from Friday, September 7, 2012, through Sunday, January 6, 2013.

Legendary singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge, who is among the celebrated artists in Women Who Rock, will receive the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts at the museum’s annual fall benefit on November 4, 2012.

Etheridge remarked, “I am honored to receive this award from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. I have long admired their work and salute this museum for all it is doing to celebrate women artists, especially the women who challenged societal norms to pursue careers in the arts. These women inspire us all, and I am proud to be among them.”

Moving through the rock and roll eras beginning in the 1920s, Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power highlights 70 artists and includes more than 250 artifacts, including photos, performance videos, and album covers, as well as personal memorabilia, such as costumes, instruments, and set lists.

Women Who Rock illustrates the essential roles women have played in moving rock and roll and American culture forward. The exhibition showcases rock-and-roll foremothers such as Ma Rainey and Billie Holiday; pioneers including Wanda Jackson and LaVern Baker; and stars from ’60s girl groups, ’70s disco, and ’80s punk. Contemporary artists include Lady Gaga and Janelle Monáe.

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