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The Bob Dylan Center

Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Bob Dylan Center

Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Design Principal

    Alan Maskin

Dedicated to the study and appreciation of Bob Dylan and his worldwide cultural significance, the new Bob Dylan Center traces the creative trajectory of this prolific artist across his 60-year career. Located in the Tulsa Arts District, the Center is envisioned as a dynamic, multifaceted venue, housing permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions readily accessible by artists, historians, musicologists, and the general public seeking a deeper comprehension of Dylan’s work, his influences and the offshoots inspired by his legacy.

Olson Kundig was selected throughout an international design competition. The firm’s winning entry was focused on the notion of Bob Dylan as a “Master of Change.” Understanding Dylan’s life and career as a portrait of transformation, Design Principal Alan Maskin envisioned the new Bob Dylan Center as the embodiment of continual change, from the building’s architectural approach to its exhibit design and rotating installations.

The new Bob Dylan Center also serves as the primary public venue for The Bob Dylan Archive, a collection of more than 100,000 items spanning handwritten manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence, films, videos, artwork, memorabilia and original studio recordings. While the Archive’s permanent repository is open only to qualified researchers and scholars, a linear gallery wall and interactive display features nearly 100 items from the collection for visitors to explore.

I’m more interested in this as a living archive than as a museum. Museum implies a voice that everyone accepts as truth.  Alan Maskin
I’m glad that my archives, which have been collected all these years, have finally found a home. Bob Dylan

Team

Publications

2018

“Architect named for Bob Dylan Center.” Oklahoman, 5 Aug. 2018, 10D. Print.

“Bob Dylan Center Taking Shape in Tulsa With Location, Opening Date, Design Firm Finalized.” Tulsa World, 27 June 2018. Web.

Cogley, Bridget. “Olson Kundig Reveals Plans For Bob Dylan Center in Oklahoma.” Dezeen, 28 June 2018. Web.

Dunham, Sandy Deneau. “Seattle Architects To Build Home For Dylan Archives.” The Seattle Times, 28 June 2018, B2. Print.

Dunham, Sandy Deneau. “Seattle architects who are renovating Space Needle win new project: designing a world-class Bob Dylan Center.” The Seattle Times, 27 June 2018. Web.

“In Tulsa, a Home for Bob Dylan’s Archives.” Architects & Artisans, 5 July 2018. Web.

Keller, Hadley. “Selldorf’s Swiss Institute, Your Shipper Might Be a Big-Time Trump Donor, and More News This Week.” Architectural Digest, 29 June 2018. Web.

“Lead Architect Chosen for Dylan Center.” Oklahoman, 28 June 2018, 4C. Print.

Martin, James Gabriel. “This town in America is getting its very own Bob Dylan center.” Lonely Planet, 7 July 2018. Web.

McDonnell, Brandy. “Lead architect and exhibit designer selected for Oklahoma-based Bob Dylan Center, set to open in 2021.” Oklahoman, 31 July 2018. Web.

McManus, Jack. “Olson Kundig Chosen To Design The Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.” ArchDaily, 29 June 2018. Web.

McManus, Jack. “Olson Kundig Chosen To Design The Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.” Seriously Architecture, 29 June 2018. Web.

“Olson Kundig picked to design Bob Dylan Center in Oklahoma.” Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, 28 June 2018, 1, 9. Print.

“Olson Kundig picked to design Bob Dylan Center in Oklahoma.” Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, 28 June 2018. Web.

“Olson Kundig to Design the Bob Dylan Center.” Architects & Artisans, 3 July 2018. Web.

Parsons, Elly. “Bob Dylan Center in Oklahoma to be designed by Olson Kundig.” Wallpaper*, 27 June 2018. Web.

Singh-Kurtz, Sangeeta. “With Its New Bob Dylan Museum, Tulsa Makes A Play To Be The Next Nashville.” Quartzy, 29 June 2018. Web.

Speros, Will. “Olson Kundig to Design Bob Dylan Center In Tulsa.” Contract, 28 June 2018. Web.

“Tulsa Finalizes Bob Dylan Center Location, Design Firm.” Miami Herald, 27 June 2018. Web.

“Tulsa Finalizes Bob Dylan Center Location, Design Firm.” Washington Times, 27 June 2018. Web.

Watts, James D. “Design Firm Selected for The Bob Dylan Center.” Tulsa World, 27 June 2018, 15, 20. Print.

Wong, Alex. “Olson Kundig is chosen to design The Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa.” The Architect’s Newspaper, 27 June 2018. Web.

Yar, Sanam. “Bob Dylan’s Archives, No Longer a Rolling Stone, to Be Housed in Olson Kundig-Designed Center.” Metropolis, 11 July 2018. Web.