It’s Alive, Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection at the Peabody Essex Museum

Arts, Art

Kirk Hammett, best known as the famed guitarist of the rock band Metallica, is also an avid collector of classic horror and sci-fi movie posters. Visually arresting, these posters are potent historical objects of burgeoning Golden-Era Hollywood and recall a time when poster design was an art unto itself.

The exhibition features 90 works that trace Hammett’s collecting journey and examine how he draws inspiration from this material for his own gothic creativity. Posters and other memorabilia – such as collectible electric guitars, monster masks and sculptures – are featured with clips from movies that provide insight into the evolution of horror and sci-fi film.

On view August 12, 2017 to November 26, 2017.



161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970