Bob Dylan Center readies for May 10 opening

“And something is happening and you don’t know what it is/Do you, Mr. Jones?” — “Ballad of a Thin Man,” Bob Dylan Even the enigmatic Mr. Jones would be aware that something is definitely happening near the corner of Reconciliation Way and Cincinnati Avenue, although exactly what it is won’t be revealed until May 10. The Bob Dylan Center, located at 116 E. Reconciliation Way, will be the permanent home to more than 100,000 objects — handwritten lyrics, paintings and drawings, rare audio recordings, never-before-seen footage of live performances, musical instruments, even items of clothing — that span the more than 60 years that the man born Robert Allen Zimmerman has been an undeniable force in American music and culture. The center, designed by the architectural and exhibit design firm Olson Kundig, led by design principal Alan Maskin, will feature cutting-edge, immersive technology in a multimedia environment that is designed to be as impressive and revealing to visitors new to Dylan’s work as it will be to longtime fans and aficionados. Most of the items in the Bob Dylan Archives will be available to be perused only by qualified scholars. The purpose of the center is to provide the public with informative, entertaining and ever-changing glimpses into the unique treasures the Bob Dylan Archives contains. The Archive Wall is a 75-foot-long “cabinet of curiosities” that houses a rotating, evolving display showcasing the depth and breadth of items in the Bob Dylan Archives collection. It was enough to prompt the Smithsonian Magazine to include the Bob Dylan Center in its list of “The Most Anticipated Museum Openings of 2022.” Among the planned exhibits for the Bob Dylan Center are: • Ongoing curated display of items that illuminate the depth and breadth of the Bob Dylan Archives collection. • A re-creation […]

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