Woody Guthrie Center sets reopening date

Woody Guthrie Center sets reopening date

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The Woody Guthrie Center® will open its doors Labor Day weekend with timed ticketed admission, increased safety precautions throughout, and a new special exhibit showcasing the work of renowned photographer Henry Diltz.

Guests will be required to purchase tickets in advance to visit the center starting September 4, allowing for more control of the number of guests inside the center, with special attention paid to sanitizing the entire exhibits and requiring all guests and staff to wear a mask while inside.

Guests returning to the Woody Guthrie Center will be greeted with a new exhibit, Roots, Rock and Rebels: The Photography of Henry Diltz, showcasing photos and other memorabilia spanning Diltz’s career as one of the go-to photographers in the 1960s, particularly among the music community in Laurel Canyon of Los Angeles, and a reputation for capturing the perfect frame that has kept Diltz working with a variety of artists for decades.

Diltz began taking photos more than five decades ago, when he purchased a $20 second-hand camera while his band was on tour. Since then, Diltz has captured thousands of images that became the artistic covers of some of the most iconic record albums in rock and roll history, including the debut album of Crosby, Stills and Nash and The Doors. As a musician himself, Diltz captured candid moments that reflect a deep understanding – and mutual respect – for his famous subjects.

His photos of Laurel Canyon musicians are legendary, but Diltz’s work extends far beyond the era and location, including being a photographer at the Monterey Pop Festival and the official photographer at Woodstock. He has worked with musicians from all genres and eras, capturing The Rolling Stones, Garth Brooks, Kurt Cobain, Paul McCartney, The Who, and countless others. Whether they are considered Roots, Rock, or Rebels, Henry Diltz has seen them all.

Some of the items in the exhibit include pages from Diltz’s notebooks that detail some of the iconic photo sessions, photos that are on public display for the first time, and more.

The Woody Guthrie Center closed in March as infection rates of COVID-19 increased in Tulsa. With more information about how to make spaces safer, the Center is prepared to open and provide guests a safe, educational, and fun environment.

  • Three times will be available to reserve with time to clean the center between each time slot.
  • The number of people permitted in each session will not exceed 10.
  • Masks are required to visit the Center.
  • Reducing the available exhibit stations to allow better social distancing.
  • Temporarily closing tactile exhibits.

About the Woody Guthrie Center

The Woody Guthrie Center, opened in 2013, features state of the art exhibits, an extensive outreach and education program, and a concert series to bring his legacy to Tulsans and those who make the pilgrimage to what is a destination for Woody Guthrie fans worldwide. The Center is more than a museum; instead, it is a center of investigation for inspiration. By providing examples of Guthrie’s ability to use his creativity as a way of expressing the world around him, we hope to encourage others to find their voices and, through their educational programs, explore the power that lies within the creative process.