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WOODY GUTHRIE: PEOPLE ARE THE SONG

New exhibit at the Morgan Library & Museum
February 18 - May 22, 2022

 

Telling the story of this great American troubadour and writer through an extraordinary selection of instruments, manuscripts, objects, photographs, books, art, and audiovisual media, assembled by the collaborative curatorial team Nora Guthrie, Bob Santelli, Deana McCloud, Anna Canoni and Philip Palmer.

Can't make it to the Morgan in person? Click on the link below to see a virtual tour of the exhibit and listen along as Woody tells you his story featuring additional narration by folk singer-songwriter Steve Earle.

Featuring original items from the preeminent Guthrie holdings of the Woody Guthrie Center and the private collection of Barry and Judy Ollman. Prominent among these rarely seen objects are the original, handwritten song lyrics to “This Land Is Your Land,” which Guthrie composed just a few blocks away from the Morgan in 1940.

The author of more than three thousand folk songs, Woody Guthrie is one of the most influential songwriters and recording artists in American history. The full corpus of his creativity—including lyrics, poetry, artwork, and largely unpublished prose writings—encompassed topics such as the environment, love, sex, spirituality, family, and racial justice. Guthrie created a personal philosophy that has impacted generations of Americans and inspired musician-activists from Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen to Ani DiFranco and Chuck D. As Bob Dylan noted of Guthrie, “You could listen to his songs and actually learn how to live.”


UPCOMING EVENTS ~

March 18 at 12:30pm - Virtual talk and tour

April 6 at 8:00pm - Live from the Woody Guthrie Center: Oklahoma Sings Woody!

April 10 at 2:00pm - Woody Guthrie's Americana Dancing!

May 12 at 6:00pm - 1913 Massacre film screening and conversation with filmmakers

May 13 at 5:00pm - Cole Quest and the City Pickers

May 20 at 6:30pm - Woody Guthrie's Holy Ground

*Can't make it to NYC? Check out the Virtual Tour and Audio Guide

 

WOODY GUTHRIE

SONGS AND ART WORDS AND WISDOM

This is what I’d like to share with everyone.
This is how I’d like my father to be remembered.
And this is what I love about him. ~ Nora Guthrie

Curated by NORA GUTHRIE and
music historian ROBERT SANTELLI

With contributions by:

DOUGLAS BRINKLEY
ROSANNE CASH
CHUCK D.
JEFF DANIELS
ANI DIFRANCO
and ARLO GUTHRIE

Bob Dylan once said, “You can listen to his songs and learn how to live”.

That line sums up what my life has evidenced. His songs, his art, his personal journal entries, his essays full of clear and sometimes explosive ideas, have been there all my life teaching me how to live.

These are the people he wanted me to know about, the history he wanted me to learn. The love he wanted to express.

 Now it’s time for me to put together my selections from all these teachings–thoughts on politics, on religion, on relationships, on children, and more. I want to give everyone a taste of the teachings that benefited me most. ~ Nora Guthrie


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