HONORS WOODY GUTHRIE
WITH MONTH-LONG TRIBUTE
TO SHOW RARELY SEEN SIDE OF WOODY GUTHRIE
during Nashville's Guthrie 90th Year Celebration
presented by Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano
The Woody Guthrie Foundation
and Archives, located in New York, has put together three exhibits for
Nashville's month-long Woody Guthrie 90th Year Celebration, presented
by Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano. These exhibits will be hosted by Bongo
Java/Fido - at all three of their locations. These exhibits give insight
into the creative genius that extended beyond Guthrie's songwriting abilities
and illustrate parts of his life not known to the general public.
Guthrie may be known as America's
great balladeer, author of the unofficial national anthems, "This
Land is Your Land," but few know Guthrie was a "people's artist" as well. From his earliest childhood years, he discovered the quickest
way to acceptance for the quirky, wild-haired and unconventional boy,
was to escape ridicule with his ability to entertain with the harmonica,
by drawing cartoons or by creating fanciful murals in the classroom's
chalkboards. As a displaced child, with a mother suffering from Huntington's
Disease in an era where it wasn't understood, Woody learned to live by
his wits and artistry just to be able to eat. Moving from Okemeh, Oklahoma
to the Texas panhandle while still a young boy, he took up sign painting
and off and on relied on his ability to earn a meal or a place to say
with his paintbrushes. He used pen and ink, pencil for his stick figure
cartoons (his father paid for a correspondence course in cartoons for
Woody to get serious, which wasn't Woody's way) and he dabbled in oil
Two of the Bongo Java exhibits
feature Woody's drawings and the exhibit at Fido's features stunning photographs
that open up an often unknown side of Woody Guthrie's history. The exhibitions
in all three locations will begin with an opening reception at Fido (1812
21st Avenue S.) on January 12th, from 5pm - 7pm.
To commemorate the event, Bongo
Java Roasting Company will create and sell it's own "Woody Blend" throughout the month.
A LISTING OF THE BONGO JAVA/FIDO
EXHIBITS FROM THE ARCHIVES
"The Faces of Woody Guthrie: Photographs from the Archives"
This exhibit is comprised of twenty rare photographs of Woody Guthrie
from 1939-1954, housed in the Woody Guthrie Archives. It will be on display
at Fido (1812 21st Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37212) Opening reception for
all three exhibits on January 12 from 5 - 7 pm.
"Bound for Glory: Woody
Guthrie's Self-Illustrated Life Story"
-- Woody Guthrie was as expressive in his visual art as he was in his
songwriting. Woody created 59 illustrations for his autobiography, "Bound
for Glory." Twenty five of these little-known works of art will be
display at the Bongo Java Roasting Company (107 S.11th St., Nashville,
TN 37206). For more information, call (615) 777-BJRC.
"This is the Hand: Woody's
Vision of Labor"
-- An active voice for the rights of the working man, Woody Guthrie was
strong advocate of labor unions. The series of art, "This is the
Hand" is a
brilliant commentary on the worker's world and a powerful justification
worker's unions. Graciously on loan from The Oklahoma Museum of History.
This poigniant artwork can be seen at Bongo Java (2007 Belmont Blvd. Nashville,
TN 37212). For more information, call(615) 385-JAVA
All exhibits open to the public
free of charge, including opening reception
EVENT SPONSORS INCLUDED: