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 exhibtition 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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  • "Review: 'Folk City' at the Museum of the City of New York" The New York Times
  • "Folk Music Celebrated at Museum of the City of New York" WABC-TV NY
  • "NYC Exhibition Explores Folk Music Revival" WFUV
  • "Travel back to the NYC of Bob Dylan and company at 'Folk City'" New York Post

Dylan Goes Electric! From New York to Newport
Date and Time: Monday, July 27 at 6:30 pm
Join a panel of Dylan experts to reflect on Dylan's transformation in New York and Newport during the tumultuous 1960s.

Ramblers and Strugglers: Old Time Music in the Big City
Date and Time: Tuesday, August 4 at 6:30 pm
Join the Down Hill Strugglers and the Four o’clock Flowers for a lively evening of old-time blues and gospel music by two outstanding, NYC-based contemporary folk groups.

Charitybuzz Auction

Interested in owning a Martin 00-18V Model Guitar that was signed by Peter Yarrow & Noel (Paul) Stookey from Peter, Paul & Mary? You can bid on this one-of-a-kind instrument through Charitybuzz; proceeds support the City Museum.

Education Programs

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  • 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 Paul 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  

    WFUV Public Radio Logo   

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

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