With this dreadfully, almost deliberately dull exhibition, one gets the sense that Taylor Swift really is fascinating in spite of herself.”>
The sun is shining on the cobblestone streets of New York Citys South Street Seaport. Its a beautiful day to stare at the early childhood books, tour costumes, and handwritten lyrics of pop phenomenon Taylor Swift.
To enter The Taylor Swift Experience, presented by the Grammy Museum, I cut in front of a line of eager exhibit-goers waiting on a modest red carpet outside. This is what it must feel like to be Taylor Swift. Im greeted by a room full of staff and security, methodically prepping the Experience for its East Coast debut.
The first thing I see is an iridescent piano that looks like it belongs in a futuristic production of The Little Mermaid. This is one of the many never-before-displayed items that I have been promised a peek at: the custom-built piano Swift commissioned for her 1989 World Tour. An accompanying placard confirms that, yes, this piano was designed to look like a shell. Now that thats settled, I proceed to the Childhood display case.
Every well-curated exhibit tells a story, and The Taylor Swift Experience is no exception. At the beginning of The Experience, a well-meaning sign outlines exactly what were meant to take away from this extravaganza. Apparently, the exhibit is about the making of a modern music mega-star. Our heroine, Tay-Tay, is a remarkably savvy businesswoman with both a vision and a plan for a future that is as bright as her present. She has broadened her artistic reach, going beyond the confines of country and into the wild, unpredictable world of pop without missing a beat. And The Taylor Swift Experience will show us how she did it.
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