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Sinatra: An American Icon

Frank Sinatra, an artist of such uncommon talent, was known simply as "The Voice." His impact on American culture is as striking today as it was during the height of his career. As the official exhibition of the Frank Sinatra Centennial, Sinatra: An American Icon showcases 100 years of Sinatra legacy and was curated by the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE, in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Sinatra Family. Sinatra: An American Icon, presented in cooperation with the Sinatra Family, Frank Sinatra Enterprises and the Frank Sinatra Collection, USC School of Cinematic Arts, will feature never-before-seen photos, family mementos, rare correspondence, personal items, artwork and recordings. The exhibition's New York debut is presented in association with Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven.

March 4th, 2015 - September 4th, 2015 New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

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From the Exhibition

Frank Sinatra surrounded by audience.

Photograph, Frank Sinatra performing at the Stage Door Canteen, ca. 1944. Theater and popular music performers volunteered at the American Theatre Wing’s famous Stage Door Canteen on 44th St. While performing at the Paramount Theatre, Sinatra visited the Canteen and sang for the volunteers and visiting servicemen.

American Theatre Wing Scrapbooks, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

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Sinatra: An American Icon is curated by the GRAMMY Museum ® at L.A. LIVE in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Sinatra Family.  It is presented in cooperation with the Sinatra Family, Frank Sinatra Enterprises and the Frank Sinatra Collection, USC School of Cinematic Arts. The exhibition's New York debut is presented in association with Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven. The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation is Lead Sponsor of Sinatra: An American Icon. The exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Lewis B. Cullman and Louise Kerz Hirschfeld, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Lisa and David T. Schiff, and Helen and Robert J. Appel. With thanks to media partner WBGO. 

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman. Additional support for exhibitions has been provided by Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg and the Miriam and Harold Steinberg Foundation.