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Carnegie Hall Sponsors A City-Wide Festival Focusing On ‘The 60s: The Years That Changed America’

The 60s: The Years That Changed America

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 4, 2018

Carnegie Hall begins the new year with a citywide festival of events, exhibitions, films, lectures, and talks exploring what made the 1960s a decade to remember. Civil rights, changing cultural norms, social justice, and the Vietnam War will be examined and discussed in various forums and institutions. Inspired by Robert A. Caro and presented by Carnegie Hall Friends, the festival is scheduled to run from January 14 through March 24, 2018 and called “The 60s: The Years That Changed America”.

More than 35 partner organizations in New York City are participating, many offering free or low cost admission to their events. Several museums will have exhibits or talks on topics ranging from fashion to politics. Independent cinema venues will be screening films of the time as well as documentaries. The dance and theater worlds are giving performances reflecting on issues of that time or reviving contemporary pieces. Carnegie Hall is planning a program of concerts with performances that take the time period as a starting point for expression or starring performers who were active in the 60s. Below is the full list of locations and/or links to more information:

Festival overview: The ‘60s: The Years that Changed America. For events and tickets at Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street click here.


'Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip' at the Museum of the City of New York

Images of ‘Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip’ at the Museum of the City of New York.


New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street presents The Vietnam War: 1945 – 1975 (now through April 22). For information on movies and discussions (dates, times, and ticket prices vary, see website for details) click here.

Museum of the City of New York, 103rd Street and Fifth Avenue presents Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip (now through April 1). Scheduled talks include: Black Is Beautiful: Fashion and Consciousness, Tuesday, February 6 at 6:30 pm; ‘60s Fashion: The Youthquake and Its Aftershocks, Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30 pm.

The Guggenheim, 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street presents Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away (February 9 – May 9).

The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street hosts a talk: The 1960s: Crucible of the Post Modernism Thursday, February 15 at 6:30pm, ticket included in museum admission, but reservations for a seat must be made prior.

The Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52nd Street: for information for planned events click here.

The Studio Museum of Harlem, 144 West 125th Street: for information on planned events click here.

MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street: for information on planned events click here.

Snarky Puppy in concert at Carnegie Hall

Snarky Puppy in concert at Carnegie Hall on January 25, 2018; photo: Christian Thomas / courtesy of Carnegie Hall.

Participating Galleries

Mark Borghi Gallery, 52 East 76th Street

Gerald Peters Gallery, 24 East 78th Street

Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 547 West 27th Street

Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune Street

Film Programs

Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria

Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at 2nd Street

IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue at 3rd Street

Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street


New York Public Library (various locations for exhibits and talks):

NYPL For the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza (65th Street and Columbus Avenue). Exhibit: Artifacts of Change (January 19 – April 29); Talk: Shakespeare Redress: Joe Papp’s Naked Hamlet 1968, Monday, January 8, 6 pm, free, reservation required, see website for details.

NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard on 135th Street. Exhibit: Power in Print (now through March 31); Talk: The Summer of Law and Disorder: Harlem Riot of 1964 on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 pm, free, registration required (registration opens two weeks before event date).

NYPL: Stephen A. Schwartzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Exhibit: You Say You Want A Revolution: Remembering the Sixties (January 19 – September 1).

Kronos Quartet in concert at Zankel Hall

Kronos Quartet in concert at Zankel Hall on January 19, 2018; photo: Jay Blakesberg.

Schools / Universities

Columbia University / Butler Library at Columbia University, 535 West 114th Street. Talk: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America Tuesday,  January 23 at 6 pm, free, registration required; Exhibit: The Global Interconnections of 1968 (January 23 – May 18) Kempner Exhibition Gallery, Butler Library, 6th Floor; Conference: 50 Years After the Revolution: New Perspectives on 1968 (April 27 – 28) Faculty House, Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive  Two day conference at the facility, free, registration required. For more information on these events click here.

New York University (various locations):

New York University Law School, Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square South. Talk: The Great Society: Then and Now Tuesday, March 6 at 6 pm, free; Talk: The 1960s: Voting Rights Then and Now Tuesday, March 20 at 6 pm, free.

New York University, Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South. Exhibit: Narrative and Counter-Narrative: (Re) Defining the 1960s (starting January 3).

The New School, 66 West 12th Street. Talk: 1969: El Museo Del Barrio (March, exact date to be announced).

La Guardia Community College, 31-10 Thompson Avenue, Astoria.

Art Students League, 215 West 57th Street.

Friction Quartet in concert at Zankel Hall

Friction Quartet in concert at Zankel Hall on March 24, 2018; courtesy of artists / Carnegie Hall.

Dance and Theater

Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street. Performance: Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE in MARCH (February 6-11).

Dance Theatre of Harlem, Everett Center for the Performing Arts, 466 West 152nd Street. Performance: Forces of Rhythm (February 11).

National Black Theatre, Inc, 2031 Fifth Avenue at 125th Street. Performance: The Black Woman: She Does Exist (March, exact dates to be announced).

Music (other than Carnegie Hall)

Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street

Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue

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