Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin at Metropolitan Museum of Art
Christian Frederick Martin, founder of the great American guitar firm C. F. Martin & Co., was the son of a cabinetmaker in Markneukirchen, Saxony. Martin learned to build instruments from the famed Johann Georg Stauffer in Vienna. Due to the restrictive guilds in Markneukirchen, Martin moved to the United States in 1833, settling first in New York City and later moving to Nazareth, Pennsylvania. In the United States, Martin encountered the Spanish-style guitar and incorporated elements from that tradition into his own Viennese style of instrument construction. The result was a new form of the guitar, a style that would become important as a basis for other American makers of the instrument. This exhibition includes approximately thirty-five instruments from the Martin Museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and several private collections.
Venue Description: Sun.-Thurs., 10am-5:30pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm. Recommended admission: $25.
Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin - 01/14/14 - 12/07/14
The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Gunther Vogt - 04/29/14 - 11/02/14
The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design from the Metropolitan's Collection - 05/20/14 - 10/26/14
Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age - 09/22/14 - 01/04/15
Thomas Struth: Photographs - 09/29/14 - 02/16/15
Thomas Hart Benton's "America Today" Mural Rediscovered - 09/30/14 - 04/19/15
Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry - 10/08/14 - 01/11/15
Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection - 10/20/14 - 02/16/15
Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire - 10/21/14 - 02/01/15
Painting With Threads: Chinese Tapestry and Embroidery, 12th-19th Century - 10/25/14 - 08/16/15
Sumptuous: East Asian Lacquer, 14th-20th Century - 10/25/14 - 08/16/15
Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection - 10/28/14 - 01/25/15