The Woody Guthrie Center announced that their newest exhibit in Tulsa will feature the late John Denver.
Rhymes & Reasons: The Music of John Denver opens to the public on September 1st.
The exhibition shows the Grammy winner’s career through items from Denver’s estate, including:
- Bespoke stage costumes from Denver
- The tuxedo he wore at the 22nd annual GRAMMY Awards® in 1979
- His round vintage “grandma glasses”
- Handwritten texts for, among other things, his folk classic “Calypso”
- Guitars played by Denver
- Photographs from his archive
- Denver’s GRAMMY, which was awarded to him posthumously in 1997 as the best children’s musical album for everyone on board!
- Other artifacts related to his humanitarian and environmental work
Organized by the GRAMMY Museum, this exhibition comes to the Woody Guthrie Center underscores the links between the two artists, including a common heritage – Denver’s parents and grandparents live in Oklahoma.
A family representative and guest curator of the exhibition will have a discussion on Denver’s work during an opening reception for members and donors of the Woody Guthrie Center on August 31, a press release said.
Denver was born on December 31, 1943 and tragically died on October 12, 1997 in a plane crash.