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Marsha P. Johnson hands out flyers for support of gay students at NYU, 1970. Photo by Diana Davies. Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.

You Say You Want a Revolution: Remembering the 60s

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

Open now. Ends September 1st, 2018. Stephen A. Schwarzman Building


Support for The New York Public Library’s Exhibitions Program has been provided by Celeste Bartos, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos Exhibitions Fund, and Jonathan Altman. Additional support is provided by Alyce W. Toonk, Susan Jaffe Tane, the Lola Szladits Memorial Fund, and the Bertha and Isaac Liberman Foundation, Inc., in memory of Ruth and Seymour Klein. This exhibition is part of Carnegie Hall’s The ’60s: The Years that Changed America festival.