The Experience Music Project - Bob Dylan - Amercan Journey 1956-1966 is coming February 8 through June 8, 2008(Getty Gallery) to the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, located near the Getty, off the 405, at the top of the Sepulveda pass. With convenient parking at the center.
This exhibition is organized by Experience Music Project, Seattle Washington, and is presented at the Skirball by Steve Tisch. Photo by Barry Feinstein.
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Bob Dylan's American Journey, 1956-1966Experience Music Project presents Bob Dylan’s American Journey, 1956-1966, which has traveled to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City and the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis. >> Click here for detailed exhibition specifications and logistical information. Few figures in the history of American popular music have reached the status of Bob Dylan. As the man who showed the world that popular music could be classified as art, Dylan has created a distinctly American body of work to match the legacies of Walt Whitman, Louis Armstrong, and his early musical hero, Woody Guthrie. Many people have declared Dylan’s lyrics to be poetry; his songs also unearth and revitalize the American folk and blues tradition, serving as a key link in the chain that extends from Southern work songs, blues and Anglo American ballads to the many contemporary singer-songwriters for whom Dylan is a main influence. But Dylan’s story is not simply that of a musical evolution. As a public figure and artistic innovator, he has taken and chronicled a journey emblematic of modern America’s own development. Bob Dylan’s American Journey, 1956-1966, features more than 150 artifacts, including Dylan’s 1949 Martin 00-17 guitar, typed and handwritten lyrics, rare concert posters and handbills, signed albums, and dozens of photographs, as well as unique artifacts from artists such as Joan Baez, Woody Guthrie, Carolyn Hester, Bruce Langhorne and D. A. Pennebaker. The exhibition features five films exploring different facets of Bob Dylan’s career, with rare performance footage and interviews with Dylan and other key artists such as Baez, Langhorne and Robbie Robertson. In addition to the films, two viewing stations allow visitors to watch excerpts from the Dylan films Dont Look Back and Eat the Document, as well as excerpts of interviews with Dylan reflecting on his early career. Throughout the exhibition space are six listening stations that enable visitors to hear Dylan’s musical evolution and innovations during this 10-year period. Each station includes tracks from his first seven albums, as well as outtakes, bootlegs, cover versions and other songs that influenced Dylan’s work. An hour-long audio tour features Bob Dylan and other artists and individuals such as Joan Baez, Allen Ginsberg, Al Kooper, Robbie Robertson, Mavis Staples and Izzy Young, sharing their stories and insights about Dylan, music and the turbulent sixties. Click on a thumbnail for a larger image:
Exhibition design by Wonder Mine
Five exhibition films featuring rare performance and interview footage of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Byrds, John Cohen, Pete Seeger, Dave Van Ronk and others
Six listening stations featuring Bob Dylan’s first seven albums
A viewing station featuring excerpts from two Dylan documentaries: Dont Look Back and Eat the Document Bob Dylan’s 1949 Martin 00-17 guitar Woody Guthrie’s Martin guitar, with "Woody" and "This machine kills fascists" carved in the back Typed and handwritten lyrics for songs, including "Blowin’ in the Wind," "Chimes of Freedom" and "Mr. Tambourine Man," among others
Never-before-released recording of Dylan’s first concert, at Carnegie Chapter Hall
Albums signed by Dylan with song lyrics
Dozens of images by photographers such as Barry Feinstein, Daniel Kramer, John Cohen and others
Large-scale map of Greenwich Village showing the key folk clubs where Dylan and others played
Exhibition Schedule 3 times per year in 13-week cycles Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, OHMay 20, 2006 – September 4, 2006 The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NYSeptember 29, 2006 – January 6, 2007 Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MNFebruary 2, 2007 – April 29, 2007 Skirball Cultural Center and Museum, Los Angeles, CA, February 8, 2008 – June 8, 2008, last venue Tour closes
Approximately 150 artifacts
Structures for mini-theaters, six listening stations and one viewing station
Educational curriculum upon request
Exhibition Space Requirements 2,500-3,000 square feet
Shipping One 12 foot climate control truck for artifacts One 48-53 foot non-climate trailer for non-artifacts
Shipping Fees Hosting institution pays one-way shipping
Insurance Hosting institution is responsible for Certificate of Insurance prior to shipping
Fees Exhibition fee $90,000 plus shipping
Collateral Items Art work for exhibition poster available upon request Art work for exhibition postcard available upon request
ContactFor more information, please contact our Traveling Exhibitions Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.262.3170.