Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival. June 17 – November 29, 2015

In the 1950s and 1960s, folk music blossomed in New York City, especially in Greenwich Village, where clubs and coffee houses showcased singers like Pete Seeger and Odetta and nurtured a generation of newcomers, including Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Peter, Paul and Mary. The multi-media Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival, featuring original instruments, handwritten lyrics, and video and film footage, traces the roots of the revival, its growth in New York, its major players, and its impact on American politics and culture during the tumultuous 1960s.

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Opening Reception: For Museum Members Only

Please join us on Tuesday, June 16 at 6:00 pm for a first glimpse and reception to celebrate Folk City.
The reception is FREE and open only to members at the Associate, Sustainer, and Fellow levels, and to the Young Members and Alexander Hamilton Circles.


  • Sponsors

    Exhibition co-chairs: James E. Buckman, John R. Heller, and Thomas M. Neff

    Honorary chairs: Oscar Brand, Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Nora Guthrie,
    Noel Stookey and Peter Yarrow

    The exhibition is made possible by
    John and Patricia Heller
    Thomas M. Neff
    James E. & Nancy Buckman

    Additional support is provided by
    James G. Dinan and Elizabeth R. Miller
    Zegar Family Foundation
    Anonymously, in honor of John Heller
    Jill and John Chalsty
    The Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation

    Education programs in conjunction with Folk City are made possible by  

    The WFUV Public Radio Station
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    The museum is grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which supports the fellowship of Folk City Curator Dr. Stephen Petrus.