National Portrait Gallery Honors Nobel Prize Winner Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan in 1961
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Bob Dylan poses for a portrait with his Gibson Acoustic guitar in Sept. 1961 in New York City.

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery is honoring Nobel laureate Bob Dylan.

The gallery announced Friday (Oct. 14) that it will install a portrait of the singer-songwriter in the museum's first-floor "Celebrate" space on Monday. Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday. The portrait is a photograph taken by John Cohen in 1962. It is one of two the gallery has of Dylan.

Seventy-five-year-old Dylan is the first musician in the 115-year history of the Nobel to win the prize in literature. The Swedish Academy cited him Thursday for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."


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