FRANK SINATRA EXHIBITION COMING TO THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS IN MARCH
December 12, 2014 -- Start spreading the news: In March 2015, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will unveil a new free multimedia exhibition exploring the life and career of Frank Sinatra. Curated by the GRAMMY Museum of Los Angeles in collaboration with The Library for the Performing Arts and the Sinatra Family, Sinatra: An American Icon, which is the official exhibition of the 2015 Frank Sinatra Centennial, tells the story of a master singer, performer, recording artist, and actor. The exhibition will be on display in the Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery, Shelby Cullom Davis Museum at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts located in Lincoln Center from March 4 through September 4, 2015.
Sinatra: An American Icon is presented in cooperation with the Sinatra Family and Frank Sinatra Enterprises, and will feature many artifacts from the Sinatra Family’s personal collection. The exhibition will include rare concert and interview footage, personal correspondence, private photos, awards, and other memorabilia, as well as music and film documents from the Library. In conjunction with the exhibition, The Library for the Performing Arts will also offer a variety of Sinatra-related public programs and film screenings.
The exhibition's New York debut is presented by The GRAMMY Museum and The Library for the Performing Arts in association with Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven.
Following its premiere at The Library for the Performing Arts, the exhibition will travel to The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, and other U.S. destinations.
Throughout 2015, the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s birth will be celebrated around the world with commemorative centennial events, exhibitions, and new music and film releases.
Sinatra: An American Icon at The Library for the Performing Arts is made possible through the generosity of Lewis B. Cullman and Louise Kerz Hirschfeld. This traveling exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Jack Daniels Sinatra Select®.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges the leadership support of Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman. Additional support for exhibitions has been provided by Judy R. and Alfred A. Rosenberg and the Miriam and Harold Steinberg Foundation.
About Frank Sinatra
Throughout his six-decade career, Frank Sinatra performed on more than 1,400 recordings and was awarded 31 gold, nine platinum, three double platinum and one triple platinum album by the Recording Industry Association of America. Sinatra demonstrated a remarkable ability to appeal to every generation and continues to do so; his artistry still influences many of today’s music superstars. He also appeared in more than 60 films and produced eight motion pictures.
Sinatra was awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Recording Academy, The Screen Actors Guild and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Today, he remains a legend and an inspiration around the world for his contributions to culture and the arts.
About The New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses one of the world’s most extensive combinations of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. These materials are available free of charge, along with a wide range of special programs, including exhibitions, seminars, and performances. An essential resource for everyone with an interest in the arts — whether professional or amateur — the Library is known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, videotapes, autograph manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters and photographs. The Library is part of The New York Public Library system, which has 90 locations in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island, and is a lead provider of free education for all.
About The GRAMMY Museum®
Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music — the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests can experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum can deliver.
About Jazz at Lincoln Center
The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy. With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and guest artists spanning genres and generations, Jazz at Lincoln Center produces thousands of performance, education, and broadcast events each season in its home in New York City (Frederick P. Rose Hall, “The House of Swing”) and around the world, for people of all ages. Now in its 27th year, Jazz at Lincoln Center is led by Chairman Robert J. Appel, Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, and Executive Director Greg Scholl. Please visit us at jalc.org; follow us on Twitter @JALCNYC and Facebook; watch our free, global webcasts at new.livestream.com/jazz; and enjoy concerts, education programs, behind-the-scenes footage, programs and more at youtube.com/jazzatlincolncenter.
About the International Festival of Arts & Ideas
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is a 15-day festival of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that celebrates the greatest artists and thinkers from around the world. Each June, the Festival takes over the theaters, open spaces, and courtyards of New Haven, Connecticut, with performances and dialogues that tickle the senses, engage the mind, and inspire the soul. More than 80% of Festival programs are completely free to the public, including events that feature some of the most prestigious jazz, classical, dance, and theater artists in the world. The Festival’s programs have an impact throughout the year, including engagement and educational programming such as the Festival Fellowship Program for high school students, and the Visionary Leadership Award held in winter each year. Festival 2015—the 20th annual festival—will take place June 13-27, 2015. For more information about the Festival, go to http://artidea.org.