When it opens in the Tulsa Arts District in May 2022, the Bob Dylan Center® will serve to educate, motivate and inspire visitors to engage their own capacity as creators. While the center will be anchored by a permanent exhibit on the life and work of Bob Dylan, it will also offer additional exhibits, public programs, performances, lectures, and publications, through which it aims to foster a conversation about the role of creativity in our lives.
As the primary public venue for the Bob Dylan Archive® collection, the center will offer curated exhibits pulled from the priceless collection of more than 100,000 items spanning Dylan’s career, including handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence; films, videos, photographs and artwork; memorabilia and ephemera; personal documents and effects; unreleased studio and concert recordings; musical instruments; and many other elements.
Both the Bob Dylan Center and the Woody Guthrie Center® operate under auspices of the American Song Archives, a project of the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF).
Acquired by the George Kaiser Family Foundation in 2016, the Bob Dylan Archive® highlights the unique artistry and worldwide cultural significance of Bob Dylan. Originally housed at the University of Tulsa’s Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum, the archive will now be permanently housed at the Bob Dylan Center.
While the center will offer a curated exhibit of items from the collection, the archive itself is open by appointment only. Due to high demand, access to the archive will only be granted to individuals with qualified research projects.
Located in Tulsa’s burgeoning arts district just steps from the city’s renowned Woody Guthrie Center®, the Bob Dylan Center is being designed by renowned architectural and exhibit design firm Olson Kundig, led by design principal Alan Maskin.
The center will feature cutting-edge and immersive technology in a multimedia environment that is designed to be as impressive and revealing to visitors new to Dylan’s work as it will be to long-time fans and aficionados.
59 Productions, world-leading specialists in design for stage and live events, is collaborating with Olson Kundig on the exhibition design and media development.
The three-story façade of the Bob Dylan Center will face downtown Tulsa’s hugely popular public gathering space, Guthrie Green, and will depict a rare 1965 image of Dylan, donated to the center by renowned photographer Jerry Schatzberg.
An award-winning design studio and production company based in London and New York, 59 Productions also collaborated on the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the record-breaking David Bowie Is exhibition and the decor concept design for The Met Ball, among other projects. For more information, visit 59productions.co.uk.
Established in 1999, the George Kaiser Family Foundation invests in a culturally vibrant and economically robust Tulsa to ensure a thriving community that affords opportunities for all of its citizens to enjoy a high quality of life. The Foundation’s civic ventures are designed to advance its primary mission while also adding to the diversity and vitality of the city. Visit www.gkff.org for more information.
Now in its sixth decade of practice, Olson Kundig is a collaborative design practice whose work includes cultural and museum projects, exhibition design, commercial and mixed-use design (including wineries and sports facilities), private and multifamily residential, hospitality projects, places of worship, interior design, product design and landscape design. With deep roots in the Pacific Northwest, the firm and its staff of over 200 work with clients around the world. Find more information at olsonkundig.com.
“… it is clear that the archives are deeper and more vast than even most Dylan experts could imagine, promising untold insight into the songwriter’s work.”
The New York Times
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