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!