The legendary Jimi Hendrix experienced a rapid rise to fame in his short life, so it’s fitting that the latest celebration of the late guitar hero involves a staircase.
The Detroit Institute of Arts museum has purchased a work of art from a London gallery created by Cornelia Parker in 2016 called “There must be some kind of way outta here,” artnet.com reports. The installation is made up of segments of a staircase that was salvaged from a London apartment where Hendrix lived in 1968 and 1969.
Laurie Farrell, the museum’s curator of contemporary art, tells artnet.com that Hendrix’s ties to Detroit are strong because he played many concerts in the city. She adds, “Since music is so important for Detroit, we feel this work will resonate deeply with a broad audience.”
The Detroit Institute of Arts plans to showcase the piece in a new gallery called “Out of the Crate,” which opens on January 12.
“There must be some kind of way outta here,” the title of which comes from the lyrics of the 1967 Bob Dylan song “All Along the Watchtower” that Hendrix famously covered, was first shown as part of an exhibition called “Found” which Parker curated last year at London’s Foundling Museum.
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