Never-before-seen photographs, ephemera and rare film footage to be
featured in new Bob Dylan Center exhibition opening on February 23, 2024.
TULSA, Okla. (Dec. 6, 2023) — The Bob Dylan Center will premiere a new exhibition, How Many Roads: Bob Dylan and his Changing Times, highlighting the artist’s growing political awareness, including the civil rights and anti-war movements of the early 1960s, on Feb. 23, 2024. Among the numerous elements to be featured in the exhibition will be never-before-seen photographs and ephemera from the 1963 Newport Folk Festival, and rare footage and photographs from the renowned 1963 March on Washington and historic 1963 voter registration drive in Greenwood, Mississippi.
The exhibition examines the seminal moments of Bob Dylan’s early career, and chronicles the artist’s meteoric ascent from an obscure musician to the era’s most revered songwriter. Central to this exploration are influential figures that helped shaped Dylan’s trajectory, including Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Theodore Bikel and Len Chandler.
“At the heart of the exhibit lies Dylan’s music, breathing life into the historical events that birthed these lyrical masterpieces,” said Sr. Director of Archives and Exhibitions Mark Davidson. “Rare photographs, compelling film footage and archival materials converge to evoke the era’s essence, where Dylan’s compositions were inspired by the Cuban Missile Crisis, the looming threat of nuclear devastation, and the tragic racially motivated deaths of Hattie Carroll, Medgar Evers and Emmett Till.”
Bob Dylan Center members are invited to see the exhibit early during an exclusive private opening on Feb. 22.
About the Bob Dylan Center
Anchored by a permanent exhibit on the life and work of Bob Dylan, the Bob Dylan Center is committed to exploring the myriad forms of creativity that enrich the world around us. Located in the Tulsa Arts District, the center serves to educate, motivate and inspire visitors to engage their own capacity as creators. Through exhibits, public programs, performances, lectures and publications, the center fosters lively conversations about the role of creativity in our lives.
As the primary public venue for the Bob Dylan Archive® collection, the center curates and exhibits a 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.