The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma is opening an exhibit featuring Bob Dylan’s artwork and handwritten song lyrics beginning in May.
“Bob Dylan: Face Value and Beyond” will feature pieces from the Bob Dylan Archives, which include more than 100,000 items from his 60-year career. This is the first exhibit since the archives were acquired by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa in 2016.
12 pastel portraits by Dylan, handwritten lyrics to some of his greatest songs, drawings and sketchbooks, a black leather jacket, an electric guitar, and screen tests filmed by Andy Warhol are all set to be on exhibit.
The Gilcrease exhibit will give more context to Dylan’s portraits and highlight Dylan’s multifaceted artistic capabilities.
Michael Chaiken, the archive’s curator, said, “He’s best known for his music, but Dylan is also a writer of prose, a filmmaker, and someone who has been involved in the visual arts for decades. This show is an opportunity to explore all those different avenues of Dylan’s creativity.”
The portraits in “Face Value and Beyond” were first shown in London in 2013 followed by a two-month exhibit at Kent State University in Ohio in 2016.
The Gilcrease Museum will exhibit “Bob Dylan: Face Value and Beyond” from May 10 to Sept. 15.
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