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Current Exhibit

From the Jazz Age to Streaming: The Soundtrack of the 20s-20s compares and contrasts trends in music and pop culture in the 1920s and 2020s – including how we purchase and listen to music (record players vs. streaming), how music is produced, marketed and released (radio vs. live concerts), trends around types of popular music and how that music was impacted by racial and economic disparities, and how artists from Louis Armstrong to Billie Eilish made their groundbreaking impact in these two musical eras.


In the exhibit, you will find an interactive quiz that will explore how your music experiences connect you to artists of the 1920s and 2020s. Explore your quiz results.


Mon - Fri: 10AM - 4PM


An Exploration of 20s-20s Artists:

  • Cole Porter
  • Lady Gaga
  • Mamie Smith
  • Lizzo
  • George Gershwin
  • Billie Eilish
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Lil Nas X
  • Bessie Smith
  • Taylor Swift


Themes and Topics:

  • Recording and Technology
  • Social Movements
  • Music Consumption
  • Racial Equality
  • American Music
  • and more!


This exhibit is supported by:

Avison Young


National Endowment for the Arts.