Bold As Love: Jimi Hendrix at Home

Visual Arts

Tue Nov 27, 2018 – Sun May 5, 2019

Partner Organization

Northwest African American Museum

Location

Northwest African American Museum
2300 S. Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144

The much anticipated exhibit, Bold As Love: Jimi Hendrix at Home, offers a rare and detailed look at Jimi’s Seattle origins through the lens of those closest to him and by his own artistic eyes. Through archival and family photos, his own artwork, personal artifacts, music, and multimedia, visitors will discover how the icon’s Seattle upbringing shaped his life and career. The collection of art and visual effects is being billed as more than an exhibition, but an experience that will take museum guests on a journey into the life of James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix, whose rise to stardom was meteoric, but whose feet never left the ground.

Growing up primarily in Seattle’s Central District, Jimi’s exposure to music began at an early age and was cultivated by his father, James “Al” Hendrix.  Jimi’s infatuation with the guitar started with a broom, as observed by his dad.  He then graduated to a one-string ukulele, and finally a guitar.  Never formally trained, Jimi was a self-taught musician, listening intently the sounds of blues and jazz at home.  His unique style of dress, later displayed in life, was also part of his family’s legacy.  His colorful costumes paid homage to his grandmother’s vaudevillian roots, as did his stunning theatrical performances. Each a vestige of home.  His musical genius, personified by his free spirit and self-awareness, would ultimately make Seattle proud, and the universe his friend.

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The Jimi Hendrix We Didn’t Know

Jimi Hendrix is a Seattle icon. Or so I'm told. Before going to see Bold as Love: Jimi Hendrix at Home at the Northwest African American Museum, I had never really gotten around to listening to his music. I'm also terrible at museums; I expect them to be stagnant and awkwardly informational. So the combination of a museum with a Seattle superstar I knew next to nothing about was mildly terrifying. I slunk into the exhibit with my head down, afraid all the fans would see the Hendrix-ignorance in my eyes, and prepared to be bombarded with trying-too-hard inspirational quotes.

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