Through all of the cultural shifts, movements, and depressions, music has transformed through the rocky waves of American history. One Houston artist, Steven Evans, wanted to tangibly show the way music has evolved through culture in last 50 years, so he created "Stephen Evans: If I can’t dance, it’s not my revolution!" and it was just unveiled at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston.
From June 29th to October 13th, you can find neon lights and 50 song titles sprawled across the lavender walls of the Contemporary Arts Museum—each song representing a different year.
Evans carefully selected a song for each year that most accurately embodies the culture, political atmosphere, and movement of that time.
Located in the Nina and Michael Zilkha Gallery, several songs will be depicted through the immersive art installation, and they'll definitely make you want to bust a move.
The playlist features the following and more.
- Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
- Born This Way By Lady Gaga
- Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd
- Bloom by Troye Sivan
- Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato
- Toxic by Britney Spears
You can listen to the whole album on Spotify while you pregame for this fantastic exhibit.
From the Civil Rights movement to the still-evolving progressive sexual politics, these songs not only represent the cultural climate of an era, but they're really great songs to get down to.
Evans loved songs that brought people together under the current circumstances, whether through the radio or through the dance floor.
In the neon lights portion, Evans exhibits powerful lyrics that transport guests to the year it was celebrated.
Admission is always free at the Contemporary Arts Museum, so stop by, bust a move, and learn a little something along the way!
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Address: 5216 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006
Why you need to go: To experience an emotional timeline of the last 50 years the best way possible—through music.