On last May 10, 2022, the new Bob Dylan Center™, designed by Olson Kundig, opened its doors and welcomed visitors from around the world to access and interact with the exclusive cultural treasures found in The Bob Dylan Archive®.
Led by design principal Alan Maskin, Olson Kundig is architect and exhibit designer for the new museum, which is located in Tulsa’s burgeoning arts district just steps from the city’s renowned Woody Guthrie Center®.
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Dedicated to the study and appreciation of Bob Dylan and his worldwide cultural significance, the Center serves as the primary public venue for The Bob Dylan Archive®, a collection of more than 100,000 items spanning nearly 60 years of Dylan’s career, from handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence, to films, videos, artwork, memorabilia and original studio recordings.
The Center is a dynamic, multifaceted venue, housing permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions readily accessible by artists, historians, musicologists and the general public seeking a deeper comprehension of Dylan’s work, his influences and the offshoots inspired by his legacy.
Photo ©Matthew Millman “Olson Kundig is thrilled to lead the amazing design team creating the Bob Dylan Center, the new home for the Bob Dylan Archive,” shares design principal Alan Maskin. “The Bob Dylan Center will include immersive exhibit experiences with rarely seen artifacts that illustrate the creative trajectory of one of the world’s greatest and most prolific artists.”
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The museum’s exhibits and highlights include:
- A large-scale façade mural depicting a rare 1965 image of Dylan, donated to the center by renowned photographer Jerry Schatzberg.
- An ever-evolving curated display of elements that illuminate the depth and breadth of the Bob Dylan Archive® collection.
- An immersive film experience that will initiate visitors through an innovative cascade of archival music and film, directed by renowned Dylan chronicler Jennifer Lebeau.
- A recreation of an authentic studio environment where visitors will experience what it was like to be present at one of Dylan’s historic recording sessions.
- The Columbia Records Gallery, which will provide an in- depth look at the creation, performance and production of timeless Dylan songs such as “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Tangled Up in Blue” and “Chimes of Freedom.”
- A screening room that will showcase Dylan-related scripted films, documentaries and concert performances, including never-before-seen material unearthed from the Archive.
- A multimedia timeline of Dylan’s life from his early years in Minnesota through the present day, written by award-winning historian Sean Wilentz.
- The Parker Brothers Gallery, which will explore the creative process through the work of other innovative artists, in an initial exhibit curated by influential author Lewis Hyde.
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59 Productions, world-leading specialists in design for stage and live events (including 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), is collaborating with Olson Kundig on the exhibition design and media development.
Information regarding public admission to The Bob Dylan Center® will be released later this year.
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