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Oracle/City of Los Angeles 1, no. 5 (August 1967). Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature

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.

There’s More!

Don’t miss the extended exhibition Power in Print at the Schomburg Center, plus a special collections display of counterculture materials at the Library for the Performing Arts, on view January 19–April 29.



Library After Hours: Counterculture
January 19 | 7 PM
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Celebrate the opening of this exhibition at an all 60s-themed Library After Hours! Meet the curator, watch avant-garde and experimental films, make your own album cover art, and dance to the sounds of the 60s.


Opening soon. January 19th, 2018 - 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.