The World’s Only Global Musical Instrument Museum

May 27, 2013

Exhibit Spotlight: Alice Cooper

Wondering how to keep your kids entertained this summer? 

  Alice Cooper Exhibit, Musical Instrument Museum

MIM has the answer with its cool indoor temperatures, interactive Experience Gallery, and exhibits on teen favorites such as Taylor Swift. But did you know the museum also boasts a newly updated exhibit on the band that recorded the original anthem to summer break?

Formed in Phoenix in 1964, the group that became Alice Cooper went on to be one of the most influential and successful “shock rock” acts. The Alice Cooper exhibit in the Arizona section of the United States / Canada Gallery includes two bass guitars on loan from Dennis Dunaway, a founding member of the original group.

Lead singer Vincent Furnier launched a solo career as Alice Cooper after the band separated in the mid-1970s. MIM’s exhibit features Cooper’s “Mirror Suit,” which he wore on three world tours, from 2009 to 2012, typically during encores of “School’s Out.”

“In its right hand is a skull-adorned cane with a hidden blade used for popping balloons,” explains MIM curator Cullen Strawn. “The left hand clutches a severed head in Alice’s likeness. This is part of the decapitation-by-guillotine act, retired as of last year but recently revived for the upcoming tour with Marilyn Manson. The head is leaving MIM and will return fresh from the road, sporting a new coat of fake blood.”

How’s that for teen-pleasing fun? “It all underscores the band’s penchant for seeking attention through eye-catching and large-scale theatrical stage productions,” says Strawn. “Come check it out—or else.”