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Opening Soon at Gilcrease: "Woody at One Hundred: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration, 1912-2012"

By Rich Fisher


Tulsa, OK – Woody lives! On today's show, we chat with Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum. This museum, along with the Gilcrease Museum here in Tulsa, is co-presenting a new exhibition, "Woody at One Hundred: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration, 1912-2012." It's a traveling show that will open at Gilcrease on Sunday the 5th; it will remain on view there through April 29th. Santelli will also participate in the day-long "Different Shades of Red" symposium, a definitive Guthrie-centric academic conference happening on the University of Tulsa campus on March 10th. (There's also a corresponding "Tribute to Woody" benefit concert set to happen that night, just after the conference concludes, at the Brady Theater in downtown Tulsa --- with John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie, Gillian Welch, and other such first-class musicians on the bill --- and Santelli's involved with this event, too.) As he reports on today's ST, the show at Gilcrease will draw from over 10,000 original items in the Woody Guthrie Archives, following the legendary singer-songwriter from his formative years in Oklahoma and Texas, to his experience of the Dust Bowl and his departure for California, to his emergence thereafter (in L.A. and then in New York) as a guitar-slinging poet-performer-agitator, incessant social commentator, and celebrity folkie. Several educational programs/presentations are being planned in relation to the Gilcrease exhibition, also. (For more information, please see gilcrease.org.)