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Local Musicians Add to Philbrook Pop Art Exhibit

Matt Trotter

Philbrook Downtown announces a new component to its exhibition of 1970s pop art.

Rand Suffolk is the museum’s executive director. He said they’ve asked Oklahoma musicians to assemble their top-10 playlists from the decade to go with "Fever & Flash."

"We've put them on Spotify so people can get connected, throw their earbuds in, walk through the exhibition and get a different sensibility while they're looking at this great work," Suffolk said. "We're talking about people like Hanson, we're talking Flaming Lips and so forth, so it's really a great group of people."

Isaac Hanson revealed their playlist at Philbrook Downtown. He said he and his brothers drew from the decade’s diverse music scene.

"This is the '70s to me. It may not be the '70s to everybody else, but this is where I'm going with it," Hanson said. "Because much like art, it is your own interpretation."

The Hansons' playlist, starting at No. 10, is "Long Way to the Top" by AC/DC, "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen, "Only the Good Die Young" by Billy Joel, "Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell, "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder, "Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night, "December, 1963" by The Four Seasons, "Night Fever" by the Bee Gees, "You're the One That I Want" from the movie "Grease", and "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5. 

“Fever & Flash” is a collection of works showing how the pop art movement changed during its first decade. It's highlighted by an album of Polaroids by Andy Warhol. The exhibition is open until March 15.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.