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The ’60s: The Years that Changed America

Inspired by Robert A. Caro

 
It was a time of turmoil. It was a time of change. A nation looked inward, reevaluating what it was and what it hoped to be. Half a century later, the cultural and social upheavals of the 1960s in the US and abroad inform nearly all aspects of our lives. For the first time, Carnegie Hall has looked to a figure outside the music world—Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert A. Caro, famed biographer of Robert Moses and Lyndon B. Johnson—for inspiration in creating a festival, turning our attention to this singular decade.

The ’60s: The Years that Changed America

The festival inevitably touches on the turbulent spirit of the ’60s: the quest for civil rights, equal rights, and social justice; the empowerment of a young and restive generation; the division wrought by a distant war; and the emergence of a radical new aesthetic in reaction to modernism. Music was at the center of all these struggles and a meaningful vehicle to inspire change.

Among Carnegie Hall’s offerings, two programs in the festival explore the nexus of music, protest, and social change: one featuring David Crosby with Snarky Puppy and guest artists, and the other led by composer, music director, and producer Ray Chew with a lineup of prominent fellow artists. There is also a performance by the Philip Glass Ensemble and new works premiered by the Kronos Quartet—one referencing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and the other based on the work of author and activist Studs Terkel. Pianist Matthew Shipp and the legendary Roscoe Mitchell—a proponent of the free jazz movement that flourished in the ’60s and a founder of the groundbreaking Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians—perform together for the first time. Other highlights include performances by Icelandic psychedelic pop band mùm, the socially and politically minded singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman, and a multimedia concert that focuses on musical responses to the Vietnam War.

This special exploration of the 1960s extends citywide with music, lectures, panels, exhibitions, films, and more, thanks to partner programming created by leading cultural institutions, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Apollo Theater, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, Keyes Art Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York City Center, New-York Historical Society, The New York Public Library, New York University, and The Paley Center for Media.

To understand where we were then, to understand where we are now, The ’60s festival provides a guide to the years that forever changed America.

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Presented by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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Presented by New York University Libraries and Special Collections

Narrative and Counter-Narrative: (Re)defining the 1960s

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Presented by New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Shakespeare Redress: Joe Papp's Naked Hamlet 1968

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Presented by The Art Students League of New York

Artistic Vanguard: The 1960s at The Art Students League

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Presented by IFC Center

Uneasy Riders: '60s Hollywood

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Presented by New-York Historical Society

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Vietnam War

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Presented by New-York Historical Society

The Vietnam War: 1945–1975

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Presented by New-York Historical Society

Reading Into History Family Book Club

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Presented by Keys Art Projects

Artist-in-Residence Tour

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Presented by Apollo Theater and WNYC

Apollo Uptown Hall: 50 Years After MLK: A Dream Deferred

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Festival Partners

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Anthology Film Archives
Apollo Theater & WNYC
The Art Students League of New York
Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
City University of New York & CUNY Arts
Columbia University
Dance Theatre of Harlem
El Museo del Barrio in partnership with The New School
Film Forum
Gerald Peters Gallery
Harlem Stage
IFC Center
The Jewish Museum
The Joyce Theater
Keyes Art Projects
Mark Borghi Fine Art
The Museum of Modern Art
Museum of the City of New York
Museum of the Moving Image
National Black Theatre, Inc.
New-York Historical Society
The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
New York University Libraries Special Collections
The Paley Center for Media
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Society of Illustrators
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Studs Terkel Radio Archive
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Westbeth Gallery
WFMT Radio Network

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