Oklahoma Center for the Humanities

Weekend Update: First Friday, Bob Dylan, and the Folk Revival

Living in Tulsa has its perks.

Great Sunsets. No traffic. World-Class Museums. Best pizza in the state (lookin at you Andolini’s), Best folk music archive in the world.

You might be a bit surprised to see that last one on the list.

The University of Tulsa and the Gilcrease Museum just acquired the Bob Dylan Archives. So along with Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs archives, the Dylan archives makes Tulsa a hotspot for Folk music aficionados and scholars from all over the world.

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Bob Dylan

Dylan sold 6,000 artifacts from his private collection — including handwritten lyrics, photographs, contracts and private letters alongside video and audio recordings to the Kaiser Foundation. The archives will be housed at the Helmerich Center at the Gilcrease Museum and open for scholars and fans to experience!

Lyric draft of "Ballad of a Thin Man Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/inside-bob-dylans-historic-new-tulsa-archive-its-an-endless-ocean-20160303#ixzz424QCgjOA Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook Credit: Erik Campos
Lyric draft of “Ballad of a Thin Man
Credit: Erik Campos

Speaking of folk music, MSM’s very own professor, Dr. Kerry Joels, curated the Kingston Trio exhibit at the Woody Guthrie Center in downtown Tulsa. Joels gave a talk on Saturday, where he gave the historical context for the folk revival during the 50’s and 60’s. At the end of the talk, Joels even pulled out a guitar and sang a couple songs with the audience! Check out our video! Dr. Joels and Tom Dooley

 

Dr. Joels and MSM students at Woody Guthrie Center. Pictured: Jennifer Carlson, Amy Bradshaw, Dr. Kerry Joels, Molly Noah, and Hannah Johnnson.
Dr. Joels and MSM students at the Woody Guthrie Center.
Pictured: Jennifer Carlson, Amy Bradshaw, Dr. Kerry Joels, Molly Noah, and Hannah Johnson.

Can you believe it’s March already?

The beginning of the month is always an exciting time in Tulsa! It feels like the whole city comes out for First Friday, an evening devoted to Tulsa’s downtown art scene! The University of Tulsa Museum Association (UTMA) went to take in all the excitement!

Swing Dancing at Guthrie Green.
Swing Dancing at Guthrie Green.

 

Large crowds take in The Art of Politics: American Political Cartoons exhibit at the Zarrow Center.
Large crowds take in The Art of Politics: American Political Cartoons exhibit at the Zarrow Center.

First Stop? Zarrow Center for Oklahoma Center for the Humanties’ exhibit, The Art of Politics: American Political Cartoons.

Melissa Kunz and Jennifer Carlson at The Art of Politics: American Political Cartoons exhibit.
Melissa Kunz and Jennifer Carlson at The Art of Politics: American Political Cartoons exhibit.
UTMA members, Nadia, Ling, and Tonya at The Art of Politics: American Political Cartoons.
UTMA members, Nadia, Ling, and Tonya at The Art of Politics: American Political Cartoons.

 

Next Stop? Philbrook Downtown! Philbrook Downtown had a special Doel Reed exhibit open, as well as their long-term Contemporary American Art exhibit and their famous, Identity and Inspiration: 20th Century Native American Art exhibit.

UTMA members at Identity and Inspiration: 20th Century Native Art.
UTMA members at Identity and Inspiration: 20th Century Native Art.

 

Molly Noah poses with Philbrook Downtown's Chilkat Blanket at Frist Friday
Molly Noah poses with Philbrook Downtown’s Chilkat Blanket at First Friday.

We ended the evening with pie from Antoinette’s and coffee from Gypsies! Great weekend for Tulsa!

Let us know what fun things you did in Tulsa by sounding off in the comments!

 

Exhibition Review- Wimmin Troubles: Humorous Images of Women from American Magazines, 1900-1920

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How does society, at large, deal with anxiety? Humor. This is the argument proposed by the Oklahoma Center for Humanities’ recent exhibit “Wimmin Troubles: Humorous Images of Women from American Magazines, 1900-1920,” The exhibition was the subject of the OCH’s Final Friday gallery talk on February 26. Curated by TU Ph.D. candidates Hannah Covington and Annie Page and using the material from The Modernist Journals Project, the exhibit focuses on how early 20th-century magazines negotiated women’s changing power through humor.

Drawn from a moment when women entered the workforce in huge numbers, the exhibit captures the public’s acute anxiety over the changing social norms for women. The highlight piece was a cartoon series depicting the biblical characters, Adam, and Eve. The cartoon draws Eve as a giant, cloddish woman with a club, with Adam daintily perched on her shoulder like a parrot. The cartoon was meant to play on conventional low humor and critique the ways women and men’s bodies interact. However, Covington and Paige explain how often these cartoons reproduce the narrative the cartoon is trying to critique. Eve serves as a reminder that the women’s suffrage movement was a threat to the masculinity of men, furthering the public’s anxiety about women’s changing role.

The exhibit relents the ways male cartoon artists were involved in negotiating and interrogating women’s power using their art form. In one cartoon, a woman is rallying a crowd against a female candidate, citing her conventional female looks as a reason for her incompetence. The male artists were negotiating women’s power by projecting them as incapable of supporting each other. Casting the suffragettes as immature women who are unable to engage with real political issues.

The curators end the gallery talk by bringing a significant point to light, masculinity was being renegotiated during this period as well. The exhibit shows a significant anxiety over masculinity in the early 20th-century. While women’s roles were changing to reflect the growing suffrage movement and the increasing rights in the workplace, masculinity was being interrogated in opposition to femininity. One of the cartoons depicts a story about a wife, husband, and a hen. Here the husband is depicted as “hen-pecked”, too weak to stand up to his wife. The wife has overpowered him in the domestic and public sphere and now he must join the suffragettes. The exhibit does an excellent job of showing how early 20th-century magazine publications were interrogating these questions of gender through cartoons. Using humor as a way of deflecting the growing anxiety about the reordering of masculinity and femininity in the United States.