"... a strange and wonderful exhibition" - The New York Times

photo by Beowulf Sheehan 


The Onassis Cultural Center New York emphasizes fresh, inventive programming broadly driven by the humanities. Taking art and Hellenic culture as a starting point, and adding creativity and imagination, events are wide-ranging, engaging, and thought-provoking.

Annual fall events include the Onassis Festival NY, the Onassis Symposium, music concerts with emerging artists in November and December, Family Sundays at Onassis, and much more. The spring season is centered around a major art exhibition and related programming, including our signature series Let’s Walk, linking philosophy and archaeology.

Let's Walk

March 23  l  March 29  l  April 6  l  April 13  l  May 4  l  May 11 l May 25

During the run of the current exhibition - March through June - a series of peripatetic conversations take place in the gallery for A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC - 200 AD. Join us to discuss intersections of art, literature, and philosophy in light of the art on view. An eclectic group of guests—from poets and writers to actors and art critics to classicists and scientists—wander through the exhibition and engage in insightful conversations inspired by the artifacts.   

Simon Critchley and Angelos Chaniotis, March 23 - Photo Gallery

Simon Critchley and Fiona Shaw, March 29 - Photo Gallery & Video

John Freeman and Lawrence Joseph, April 6 - Photo GalleryAudio

Simon Critchley and Peter Meineck, April 13 - Photo Gallery

Family Sundays at Onassis 

Integral to the Onassis Festival NY and annual exhibition, Family Sundays at Onassis amplify and extend programmatic themes. This is a day for creativity and all-out fun. Family Sundays at Onassis are designed for children ages 5 through 12 and their families, but the whole family is welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. Kali diaskedasi! (that’s Greek for have fun!)

Public Tours

Guided tours, which take place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons at 1 PM, enrich the experience of viewing exhibitions. Tours are led by scholars. All tours are free and no reservation is required.

School Tours

Open students' eyes and hearts to A World of Emotions through guided exhibition school tours for grades 3 - 12. School tours are free and available by reservation - schooltours@onassisusa.org.

Grades 3-8: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 am–12 pm

Grades 9-12Monday through Friday: 10 am–12 pm

Onassis Festival NY

This annual festival of arts and ideas, inaugurated in 2015, explores the contemporary relevance of the classical tradition through adventurous programs and newly commissioned artworks. These cultural initiatives foster important collaborations between Greek and American artists. Music, dance, talks, film, theater and more occur over the course of days for audiences of all ages. Important characters from Greek myth, and the messages they communicate through time, lay the foundation for festival themes. The first trilogy of festivals draws from the myths of Narcissus, Antigone, and Dionysus.

Onassis Symposium

Think and drink with the greatest minds in the world! This annual Symposium is designed for lively, convivial conversation and rejuvenates the ancient Greek tradition of wine and thoughtful discussion with world-renowned thinkers, artists, writers, and philosophers. The following symposia have taken place in the Onassis Cultural Center New York Gallery:


Drawing from Greek tradition and veering into exploratory new directions, the music concerts are popular events at the Onassis Cultural Center New York. Watch and listen to recent concerts below.