March 2, 2016
Bob Dylan Collection Opens Doors to Partnerships with OKPOP
TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, known as the OKPOP, will gain a powerful new partner when the Bob Dylan Collection comes to Tulsa. According to Jeff Moore, director of the OKPOP, one of the central themes of the museum will be the ebb and flow of creativity shared by Oklahomans with artists from around the world.
“The connections of inspiration and collaboration between Bob Dylan and Oklahoma artists are strong,” said Moore, “especially with Leon Russell, who along with Bob Wills are anchor stories of our museum.” According to Moore, Dylan came to Tulsa to see Leon Russell but fell in love with other Oklahomans such as Jim Keltner, Jesse Ed Davis and Steve Ripley. The OKPOP will use these shared experiences to explore the roots of Oklahoma creativity from parents and teachers to friendships and partnerships. “Bob Dylan, like Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Elton John, are part of the Oklahoma story, as told through the lives and art of Leon, Woody and J. J. Cale,” said Moore. “With the Bob Dylan Collection in Tulsa, the opportunities for partnerships are endless.”
The OKPOP museum will open in the fall of 2019. This museum is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OKPOP please visit www.okpop.org.