Discover the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s in this comprehensive exhibition at the Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street. Part of a citywide celebration of the 1960s, this exhibition explores the breadth and significance of this pivotal era—from communal living and forays into expanded consciousness to tensions around race, politics, sexuality, and the environment. Items on display, drawn exclusively from the Library’s collections, include Timothy Leary’s notes on acid trips, footage of the Woodstock music festival, and posters used in protest against the Vietnam War.

Exhibition Tours

You Say You Want a Revolution exhibition tours begin at 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM Monday through Saturday, and at 2 PM on Sunday. Tours meet just inside the entrance to Gottesman Hall, are available on a first come basis, and are limited to 25 people.

There’s More!

In collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival The 60s, the Library is launching a system-wide exploration of the most influential elements of culture from 1960–74. Explore more exhibitions, programs, and book lists on the Library's festival page

More Exhibitions

  • The Awe of the Arctic: A Visual History

    March 15–July 13, 2024
    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    Discover how the Arctic has been a source of intrigue and fascination for centuries through historic and contemporary images.