John Lennon: The New York City Years

New York, New York

Yoko Ono opened this temporary exhibition. It showcased Lennon’s life and work in New York City from September 1971 to his fatal shooting, in December 1980. The show celebrated Lennon as a musician, political activist, visual artist, husband, and father and explored his legacy for both longtime fans and those born since his death.

White casework, walls, seating, and floor evoked the couple's white living room at the Dakota. Four media programs presented performance footage, music videos, interviews, and home movies. Artifacts included handwritten lyrics, his drawings, and the eyeglasses he was wearing when he died.

Running Subway/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex

2,500 square feet


2,500 square feet

  • 365 AIGA Design Competition

  • 39th Annual Creativity Awards, Silver Award

  • Communication Arts, Environmental Graphics

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