As Taylor Swift, one of the best-selling musicians in history, performs to sold-out crowds throughout the Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour (including AT&T Stadium), the Arlington Museum of Art announced it will debut an exclusive exhibition this summer that focuses on the evolution of the icon’s artistic expression.
Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour Collection, presented by the HELP Center for LGBT Health, will open Saturday, June 3, 2023 at the Arlington Museum of Art. Additional support has been provided by the Arlington Cultural Tourism Council. A private opening reception for members and donors will be held on June 2. Advance tickets will go on sale in April at arlingtonmuseum.org.
Curated by the Arlington Museum of Art from Swift’s own private collection, Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour Collection will feature original costumes, photographs, and concert videos drawn from her creative periods, or “eras.” Highlights of the exhibition are eight costumes worn by Swift from her record-breaking albums Midnights, folklore, Red (Taylor’s Version) and Fearless (Taylor’s Version).
Altogether, the exhibition is an exploration of Swift as an evolving, boundary-pushing artist. It will run through Sept. 24, 2023. “As an artist, Swift's career is rich in depth and detail, and we believe the exhibition will appeal not only to her fans, music lovers, and art lovers, but to the next generation of emerging museum-goers,” Chris Hightower, president and CEO of the Arlington Museum of Art, said.
Dr. August Jordan Davis, art historian, curator and chair of Art and Art History department at the University of Texas at Arlington, recognizes Swift’s entire body of work as artistic expression, including her skills as a lyricist, composer, musician, performer, art director, set designer, actor, theatrical director, producer and curator of her own public persona.
“Taylor Swift is a storyteller who obviously loves exploration,” said Davis. “From writing and singing to acting and directing, from the changing genres of her musical journey across two decades, to crafting the concepts and characters of her albums and songs, Swift is attuned to experimentation. The variety of eras in Swift’s career shows her dedication to finding new forms of expression and performance that will bring her latest ideas to life.”
Hightower sees the exhibition as a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in what it means to be a multimedia artist today.
“Great artists throughout history have been able to express themselves so sublimely because they were so dedicated to their craft,” said Hightower. “They never stop learning and never hold back. They influence the future because they take creative risks in spite of opposing forces.”
Arlington Mayor Jim Ross said that the Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour Collection exhibition reflects a number of the city’s strengths, including a reputation for world-class entertainment, the city’s Music-Friendly Community designation by the State of Texas, and an on-going commitment to supporting arts and cultural programming.
“In Arlington, we love collaboration, a can-do spirit, and out-of-the-box thinking,” said Mayor Ross, “and the team at the Arlington Museum of Art continues to surprise and thrill us by really putting all that into practice. It has been so exciting to see the Arlington Museum of Art find its voice in the last few years, and there is no doubt that even bigger things are on the horizon.”
About the Arlington Museum of Art
The Arlington Museum of Art is dedicated to championing creativity and providing access to art for the educational enrichment and cultural development of our community. Its forward-thinking curatorial mission drives the museum to present relevant and engaging art exhibits that change several times a year and attract visitors from all over the world.