George Harrison exhibit to open Oct. 11 at Grammy Museum
The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will mount a major exhibition on the life and music of George Harrison opening Oct. 11 in conjunction with the forthcoming Martin Scorsese documentary with which it shares the title “George Harrison: Living in the Material World.”
The museum is working closely with Harrison’s widow, Olivia Harrison, in putting together what’s being described as the first major look focusing exclusively on Harrison, both during his years with the Beatles and his post-Fab Four solo career that included a stint with the Traveling Wilburys supergroup with Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.
“'Living In the Material World’ will provide an in-depth look at all aspects of Harrison’s creative life,” according to a statement the Grammy Museum issued Thursday.
It will include several of his guitars, stage clothing, handwritten lyrics, personal journals and sketches and photographs taken by him.
“As a Beatles fan, working on this exhibit has been a fascinating journey for me personally,” said Robert Santelli, the Grammy Museum’s executive director who also is serving as co-curator of the exhibit with museum curator Tory Millimaki and Grammy Award-winning designer Masaki Koike.
“I came to realize George Harrison was a more deeply complex musician than I previously knew, and a beautifully spiritual man whose interests touched not only songwriting and music, but also included photography, filmmaking and book publishing,” Santelli said in the same statement. “Hopefully, the exhibit will bear this out, enabling other fans of George Harrison to see him and hear his music in a brand new light.”
Olivia Harrison said “Bob and his team have brought a great deal of passion and commitment to the project; their collective efforts have resulted in a wonderful exhibit. We look forward to sharing our memories of George with his fans through this first major exhibition about his life.”
The timing of the show also roughly coincides with the 10th anniversary of his death from lung cancer on Nov. 29, 2001. Scorsese’s 3 1/2-hour documentary, which premiered last weekend at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, is slated to premiere in two parts on HBO on Oct. 5 and 6.
Photo of George Harrison during his 1974 solo world tour. Credit: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times.