Somehow, the poisonous American anger that swirled around Guthrie never corrupted that innate creative optimism. Empathy was his reliable muse.
On a Monday night in February, an image of Woody Guthrie was projected on the façade of the Oklahoma State Capitol, his guitar reading: “How Did It Come to This.”
Woody Guthrie was responding to the hardships of the Great Depression, but he may as well have been singing about now.
At the center of Folk City is a clue that the exhibit is more about space than about music.
Never had a water tower — its silhouette ubiquitous to New York’s skyline — been examined so carefully. Each was elevated eight feet above the ground on black stilts, and locals and tourists approached them curiously, standing beneath and craning their necks upward to see the contents within.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Is this land really made for you and me? That was the original tone of doubt at the end of Woody Guthrie’s classic folk anthem “This Land Is Your Land,” and now anyone can see its original lyrics exhibited below a halo of illuminated guitars in the new Woody Guthrie Center.