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Bob Dylan Center Tulsa
Archive Building in Oklahoma design by Olson Kundig Architects, USA
June 8, 2022
Design: Olson Kundig, Seattle
Photos: Matthew Millman
Bob Dylan Center Tulsa Building
Dedicated to the study and appreciation of Bob Dylan and his worldwide cultural significance, The Bob Dylan Center™ serves as the primary public venue for The Bob Dylan Archive®, a collection of more than 100,000 items spanning nearly 60 years of Dylan’s career, from handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence, to films, videos, artwork, memorabilia and original studio recordings. Olson Kundig was selected through an international design competition to design The Bob Dylan Center™, located in the Tulsa Arts District.
Led by Owner and Design Principal, Alan Maskin, The Center is a dynamic, multifaceted venue, housing permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions readily accessible by artists, historians, musicologists, and the general public seeking a deeper comprehension of Dylan’s work, his influences and the offshoots inspired by his legacy.
Olson Kundig’s winning competition entry was focused on the notion of Bob Dylan as a “Master of Change.” Understanding Dylan’s life and career as a portrait of transformation, Maskin envisioned the new Bob Dylan Center™ as the embodiment of continual change, from the building’s architectural approach to its exhibit design and rotating installations.
The Center coexists and interacts with two related entities: The Bob Dylan Archive® and The Institute for Bob Dylan Studies. The archive is currently located at the Helmerich Center for American Research in Tulsa, OK, where only qualified researchers and scholars may access the permanent repository. The Institute for Bob Dylan Studies is housed at the University of Tulsa and is an academic program focused on Dylan and Dylan-related cultural significance. These institutions unite under the banner of The Bob Dylan Center™ where, for the first time, Dylan’s legacy is accessible by the world at large.
Photographer: Matthew Millman
George Kaiser Family Foundation Names Olson Kundig
Lead Architect And Exhibit Designer For The Bob Dylan Center™,
Set To Open In 2021
Tulsa Arts District Groundbreaking Expected In 2019
Olson Kundig – Conceptual Rendering
Jul 7, 2018
Bob Dylan Center Building at Tulsa Arts District
TULSA, Oklahoma — The George Kaiser Family Foundation has selected Seattle-based Olson Kundig as the lead architect and exhibit designer for The Bob Dylan Center™, the public-facing home of The Bob Dylan Archive® to be located in the Tulsa Arts District.
Olson Kundig won first place in the international design competition following an extensive evaluation process by a committee of advisors, including representatives of the George Kaiser Family Foundation and Bob Dylan’s management team. Tulsa-based Lilly Architects is partnering with Olson Kundig as the architect of record and Plains of Yonder is the partner for audio and multimedia experiences for the project.
“After reviewing proposals from top firms around the world, we agreed that Olson Kundig’s experience, talent and design aesthetic stood out as the best fit for this project,” said Ken Levit, executive director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. “We’re excited about the vision that Olson Kundig expressed for a world-class cultural center that will do justice to the iconic Bob Dylan collection.”
Olson Kundig – Conceptual Rendering
Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, architecture design principal for Olson Kundig said, “This is a deeply meaningful project for us — not only acting as architectural support to Bob’s transformational legacy and creative, disciplined force, but also in preserving the teaching value of his legacy for future generations.”
Alan Maskin, design principal of exhibits for Olson Kundig said, “Since the 1960s, I have been inspired by the role that change and reinvention have played in the creative life of Bob Dylan. I’m grateful to the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the Dylan Center Advisory Council for selecting our team to reveal and share the treasure of a largely unseen archive to future audiences in perpetuity.”
Olson Kundig – Conceptual Rendering
The foundation also finalized the location of the future Bob Dylan Center. It will be located on Martin Luther King Blvd. in Tulsa, in a space just southeast of the Woody Guthrie Center, which the foundation established in 2013 after acquiring the archives of the influential folk songwriter. In 2016, Dylan cited the Guthrie center as one of the reasons he chose Tulsa for his own archives.
“I’m glad that my archives, which have been collected all these years, have finally found a home and are to be included with the works of Woody Guthrie and especially alongside all the valuable artifacts from the Native American Nations. To me, it makes a lot of sense and it’s a great honor,” Dylan said.
Bob Dylan. 1962. Photo by John Cohen
The Center is expected to open in 2021. In the interim, the foundation plans to stage an ongoing series of Dylan-related Tulsa events under the banner of The Bob Dylan Center™. Information on these events will be posted on www.BobDylanCenter.com.
The Bob Dylan Center™ is dedicated to the study and appreciation of Bob Dylan and his worldwide cultural significance through six prolific decades of his groundbreaking creative endeavors, from his songwriting and recordings, to live performances, books and films. As the primary public venue for The Bob Dylan Archive®, the Center will curate and exhibit a priceless collection of more than 100,000 items spanning Dylan’s career, including handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence; films, videos, photographs and artwork; memorabilia and ephemera; personal documents and effects; unreleased studio and concert recordings; musical instruments and many other elements.
Housing permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions, the Center will be a multivalent venue readily accessible by artists, historians, musicologists, cultural critics and the general public seeking a deeper comprehension of Dylan’s work, the myriad of influences that it embodies, and the offshoots that he has inspired.
The Center will coexist and interact with two related entities – The Bob Dylan Archive®, located at the Helmerich Center for American Research in Tulsa, the archives’ permanent repository accessible only to qualified researchers and scholars; and The Institute for Bob Dylan Studies at the University of Tulsa, an academic program focused on Dylan and related cultural subjects.
Left: Bob Dylan. 1975. Photo Ken Regan, Right: Bob Dylan. 1978. Photo Joel Bernstein
About Olson Kundig
Now in its sixth decade of practice, Olson Kundig is a full-service design firm whose work includes museums and exhibition design, commercial and mixed-use projects, academic buildings, residences, workplaces, and hospitality design, as well as interior design, landscape architecture and product design services for clients around the globe. The firm is led by five owners — Jim Olson, Tom Kundig, Kirsten R. Murray, Alan Maskin and Kevin M. Kudo-King — who are supported by a staff of over 170 in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood of downtown Seattle. For more information visit olsonkundig.com or follow @OlsonKundig on Instagram and Twitter.
About The Bob Dylan Archive®
Composed of more than 100,000 items spanning nearly 60 years of Bob Dylan’s unique artistry, singular career, and worldwide cultural significance, The Bob Dylan Archive® includes decades of never-before-seen handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence; films, videos, photographs and artwork; memorabilia and ephemera; personal documents and effects; unreleased studio and concert recordings; musical instruments, and many other items.
The collection was acquired in 2016 by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and The University of Tulsa and is housed at the university’s Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. The Bob Dylan Archive® eventually will be exhibited to the public at the future Bob Dylan Center™ in the city’s flourishing Tulsa Arts District. For more information, visit bobdylanarchive.com.
About George Kaiser Family Foundation
George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) is a charitable organization based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Type I 509(a)3 supporting organization of the Tulsa Community Foundation, dedicated to providing equal opportunity for young children in our community through investments in early childhood education, community health, social services and civic enhancement. For more information about George Kaiser Family Foundation, visit www.gkff.org.
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