Woody Guthrie: People Are the Song Exhibit — at The Morgan Library

Woody Guthrie: People Are the Song Exhibit — at The Morgan Library

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Tour the exhibition Woody Guthrie: People Are the Song at The Morgan Library and Museum which offers a rare look at the artist’s 27 years in New York.

Highlights include:

  • The first-ever display of the handwritten lyrics to Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” in New York
  • The Martin guitar Guthrie purchased in the early 1940s, which is the only known surviving guitar bearing Guthrie’s iconic phrase “This Machine Kills Fascists.”
  • Bob Dylan’s handwritten directions to Kings County Hospital
  • A photo of Guthrie at McSorley’s in 1943

About this Event:

Woody Guthrie, one of the most influential songwriters and recording artists in American history, exists in the popular imagination as a ramblin’ man of the US interior. Throughout his life, he nestled into many places—from a boxcar en route somewhere to a migrant workers’ campfire at night. In the late 1940s and 50s, however, he was most likely at his corner store in Coney Island, Brooklyn, picking up construction paper for an at-home art project with his kids.

Woody Guthrie: People Are the Song offers a rare look at the artist’s 27 years in New York. The exhibition marks the first-ever display of the handwritten lyrics to Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” in New York; he wrote the famous protest song just a few blocks away from The Morgan in 1940. His manuscripts, objects, photographs, and art contain New York stories, and the exhibition underscores the importance of the city in his life and work.

 

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