New Exhibit Celebrates Iconic American Songwriters

June 8, 2022

The "Songwriters Experience" celebrates the work and legacy of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and explores the mysteries behind the making of great music.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame Songwriters Experience, an exhibit on view in the Graduate Center's James Gallery from June 15 to July 24, 2022, celebrates the work and legacy of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and explores the mysteries behind the making of great music. Through graphic panels, artifact displays, and interactive experiences, the exhibition examines the songwriter’s creative process, tells the stories of great songwriters — all of whom are members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame — and digs deep into the great compositional works that make up the American music treasury. 

Curated by the Los Angeles–based GRAMMY Museum and co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation at the Graduate Center, the exhibit also uncovers the creative process of some of the Hall of Fame’s most revered songwriters and sheds light on many of their masterworks.   

Exhibit Highlights:

  • An original exhibit film featuring songwriters Jimmy Jam, Toby Keith, Carole King, Smokey Robinson, Carole Bayer Sager, and Diane Warren, sharing insights about their creative process
  • A songwriting interactive featuring Toby Keith, Carole King, Smokey Robinson, and Don Schlitz dissecting one of their hit songs
  • Songwriting artifacts representing the creative work of Steve Dorff, Woody Guthrie, Toby Keith, John Mellencamp, Alan Menken, and Carole Bayer Sager, among others     

Curator: Bob Santelli (Founding Executive Director, GRAMMY Museum) 
Co-curator: Jasen Emmons (Chief Curator and VP, Curatorial Affairs, GRAMMY Museum)

On view from June 15 - July 24, 2022
Sunday to Wednesday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Closed Thursdays

Admission is free; all visitors must present proof of vaccination or negative PCR test within the past seven days and a government-issued photo ID for entry.