Project Description

Bob Dylan Center

The public-facing home of the Bob Dylan Archive

Tulsa, Oklahoma

59 Productions has collaborated with renowned architectural and exhibit design firm Olson Kundig on the interactive, installation and AV design for the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Center is open to the public from May 10, 2022, welcoming visitors from around the world to access and interact with more than 100,000 exclusive cultural treasures found in The Bob Dylan Archive. These include handwritten lyric manuscripts to some of the world’s most treasured songs, previously-unreleased recordings, never-before-seen film performances, rare and unseen photographs, visual art and other priceless items spanning Bob Dylan’s unparalleled seven decades as one of the world’s most important cultural figures.

Located in Tulsa’s burgeoning arts district just steps from the city’s renowned Woody Guthrie Center, The Bob Dylan Center features cutting-edge and immersive technology in a multi-media environment that is designed to be as impressive and revealing to visitors new to Dylan’s work as it is to long-time fans and aficionados.

Among the many highlights that can be found at The Bob Dylan Center are:

  • An ever-evolving curated display of elements that illuminate the depth and breadth of the Bob Dylan Archive collection.
  • An immersive film experience designed by 59 that initiates visitors through an innovative cascade of archival music and film, directed by renowned Dylan chronicler Jennifer Lebeau.
  • A recreation of an authentic studio environment created by 59 where visitors can experience what it was like to be present at one of Dylan’s historic recording sessions.
  • The Columbia Records Gallery, which provides an in-depth look at the creation, performance and production of timeless Dylan songs such as “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Tangled Up in Blue” and “Chimes of Freedom”.
  • A screening room that showcases Dylan-related scripted films, documentaries and concert performances, including never-before-seen material unearthed from the Archive.
  • A multimedia timeline of Dylan’s life from his early years in Minnesota through the present day, written by award-winning historian Sean Wilentz.
  • The Parker Brothers Gallery, which explores the creative process through the work of other innovative artists, in an initial exhibit curated by influential author Lewis Hyde.
  • An interactive digital jukebox designed by 59 featuring a special playlist curated by Elvis Costello.
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The Design

Intro Environment

Perspectives Jukebox

Studio Experience

Construction

CREDITS

Project Architects

Olson Kundig

Installation, Interactive & AV Design

59 Productions

Director & Curator, The Bob Dylan Archive

Mark Davidson

Curatorial Consultant, The Bob Dylan Archive

Parker Fishel

Filmmaker

Jennifer Lebeau

Historian & Author

Sean Wilentz

Author

Lewis Hyde

Content and Copywriting

Ellipse Studio

Lighting Design

Tillotson Design Associates

Exhibits Structural Engineer

Coffman Engineers

Audio Guide

Art Processors

Graphic Production

Brown Bag Creative

Exhibit Fabricator

CREO Exhibits

Audio/Visual Integration

BBI Engineers

Gate Fabricator

Black Buffalo Ironworks

Architect of Record

Lilly Architects

Structural Engineer

Wallace Engineering

MEP and Fire Protection Engineer

Phillips + Gomez

General Contractor

Crossland

59 Team

Project Directors

Mark Grimmer
Ben Pearcy

Lead Video Designer

Tom Wexler

Lead Set Designer

Matt Wreglesworth

Producers

Ollie Hester
Teya Lanzon

Video Designers

Felix Green
Hanna Schrage

Real Time Designer

Laurien Ash

Architectural Designer

Asha Pandit

Assistant Designer

Simran Phull

Graphic Designer

Dale Croft
Aimee Stroud

Sound Designer

Gareth Fry

Video Editor

Matt Sturrock

Video Programmer

Sam Molitoriss

Technician/Programmer

Jamie Gadney

Animators

David Curtis
Sean Kothe
Jarek Radecki
Edd Stockton

Developer

Matt Murton