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Arlo Guthrie Exhibit

The Woody Guthrie Center explores the work and life of Arlo Guthrie, Woody’s son and a renowned songwriter, musician, and activist in his own right, in its latest exhibit In Times Like These: Arlo Guthrie, Friends, and Family.

Curated by the Woody Guthrie Center, the exhibit features rare, never-before-seen photographs, artifacts, and writings from Arlo that tell the story of his youth and the memories of his father, Arlo’s own breakthrough in the music world, his rise to international renown, and the continuing musical tradition through his children and grandchildren.

“For obvious reasons, this exhibit is a special one to our team,” said Woody Guthrie Center Executive Director Deana McCloud. “We know that our guests will love seeing these special items that Arlo and his family are sharing with us. The exhibit starts and ends with family, and includes plenty of music and friends in between.”

Sponsored in part by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts, and Culture, the exhibit is the first major display of items from Arlo Guthrie’s collection.

“The only bad thing about getting all the notoriety of an official exhibit at the Woody Guthrie Center is that is means you’re almost dead,” Arlo Guthrie said. “I guess I get to show up either way.”

The exhibit features items from throughout Arlo’s life, including:

  • The original script, contact sheets, photos, and other items from the film Alice’s Restaurant
  • The guitar Arlo played at Woodstock 1969
  • Clothing worn by Arlo during his 1969 performance at Woodstock
  • Lyrics written by Woody Guthrie about Arlo, and Arlo’s early letters to his father and other family members
  • A photo op for guests to sit on the “Group W” bench
  • Videos of TV appearances and performances
  • Original handwritten lyrics
  • Arlo’s own photography, as well as photos of his family through the years