Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sinatra: An American Icon at NY Public Library


I am really excited about this new exhibit about Frank Sinatra. I cannot believe he would be 100 years old this year. He was actually born the day before my birthday, December 12, 1915. He was one of my Dad's most favorites, and we always had his music playing in the house. When I heard one of his songs not long after my Dad passed, it brought tears to my eyes as wonderful memories came back to me. I even purchased one of Mr. Sinatra's ties which were designed from his artwork for my Dad. Frank was for sure a one of a kind icon, someone who we will never see the likes of again, but many try to duplicate. Here is some information on this very cool exhibit about the man who invented "cool ": 

Sinatra: An American Icon

Frank Sinatra, an artist of such uncommon talent, was known simply as "The Voice." His impact on American culture is as striking today as it was during the height of his career. As the official exhibition of the Frank Sinatra Centennial, Sinatra: An American Icon showcases 100 years of Sinatra legacy and was curated by the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE, in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Sinatra Family. Sinatra: An American Icon, presented in cooperation with the Sinatra Family, Frank Sinatra Enterprises and the Frank Sinatra Collection, USC School of Cinematic Arts, will feature never-before-seen photos, family mementos, rare correspondence, personal items, artwork and recordings. The exhibition's New York debut is presented in association with Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven.
Frank Sinatra surrounded by audience.
Photograph, Frank Sinatra performing at the Stage Door Canteen, ca. 1944. Theater and popular music performers volunteered at the American Theatre Wing’s famous Stage Door Canteen on 44th St. While performing at the Paramount Theatre, Sinatra visited the Canteen and sang for the volunteers and visiting servicemen.
American Theatre Wing Scrapbooks, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Some of the highlights of this exhibit are a vintage Capital Records sound booth, several of his original abstract art works ( I should donate my Dad's tie!), interactive soundboard, many awards received during his career, a replica Hoboken trolley car and family home movies never before seen in public. The exhibit has the cooperation of the Sinatra family which is just wonderful.  
I cannot wait to check out this exhibit, and the fact it is free is fabulous too! I am sure I will get a bit emotional going through the exhibit, thinking how my Dad would enjoy seeing all this great Sinatra history. What a great tribute to a man who gave so much to our culture and will live on forever. 

Now through September 4, 2015, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center 
Free Admission 
Hours are Monday through Saturday 12pm to 6pm, closed on Sundays 


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