Woody at One Hundred:
The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration 1912-2012
The exhibition, Woody at One Hundred: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration 1912-2012, will be on display at Gilcrease Museum beginning February 5 through April 29, 2012. Organized by the GRAMMY Museum and the Woody Guthrie Archives, the exhibition celebrates one of the nation's most influential cultural icons. The exhibition explores Guthrie's life and legacy, a century after his birth. Guthrie is revealed as a man of great talent and complexity - ever restless - possessing an abiding energy in the pursuit of a broad range of artistic interests.
Woodrow Wilson Guthrie was born on July 14th, 1912, in Okemah, Oklahoma. Through the decades, his songs have traveled around the globe like a fast train on a well-oiled track. They've become the folk song standards of the nation, yet are known and performed in many languages throughout the world. Songs such as Pretty Boy Floyd, Pastures of Plenty, Deportees, Roll On Columbia, Vigilante Man, and This Land Is Your Land, are among the many that have become staples in the canon of American music.
Drawn from over 10,000 original items in the Woody Guthrie Archives, the exhibition follows the folksinger from his formative years in Oklahoma and Texas, through the experience of the Dust Bowl and his emergence as a performer and social commentator on the plight of his fellow "Dust Bowl refugees." The exhibition consists of a broad array of Guthrie-related objects including an assortment of song lyrics, journals, and original artwork from Guthrie's own hand. For the first time, Guthrie's original draft of the essential American anthem "This Land is Your Land" will be displayed - a significant highlight within a career that ultimately ended far too prematurely.
The exhibition is generously sponsored by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and curated by Nora Guthrie and the Woody Guthrie Archives in collaboration with Bob Santelli and the GRAMMY Museum.