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Bob Dylan Face Value and Beyond from May 11 to Sept 15 at the Gilcrease Museum

Bob Dylan, a once-in-a-generation artist who emigrated from the “North Country” of Hibbing, Minnesota and found fame in the bohemian circles of New York’s Greenwich Village, remains one of America’s most influential and important cultural figures. With more than 500 songs, 50 albums, and 110 million record sales to his name, Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016 “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

His vast archive of manuscripts and recordings—the existence of which was a secret until it was brought to Tulsa in 2016 by the George Kaiser Family Foundation—can help us track this journey, revealing for the first time the essential fabric of Dylan’s art: his uncanny ability to synthesize contrasting traditions—folk and rock, poetry and pop, the classical with the modern.

Face Value and Beyond offers a first glimpse into Dylan’s archive and celebrates the breadth of his artistic interests and achievements, notably his decades long engagement with the visual arts. This exhibition runs from May 10 to Sept. 15 at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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In the press

  • Bob Dylan: Face Value and Beyond,” opening this May, will also display Dylan’s Andy Warhol screen tests, leather jacket from “electric” 1965 Newport Folk Festival gig

    Rolling Stone
  • It's that well-known quality of his personality, Dylan's mysticism and sheer elusiveness, that gives the Archive extra weight, and provides rich insight into not only his creative process but the world that's spun, tornado-like, around him.

    Billboard
  • ... 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