A World of Emotions travels to Acropolis Museum in Athens. Click to see exhibition trailer.

published 4.13.2017

Onassis Cultural Center New York, April - May Public Programming

by Onassis Foundation USA

For Immediate Release

April 13, 2017

                                                                                   A WORLD OF EMOTIONS: ANCIENT GREECE, 700 BC ‒ 200 AD

                                                                                                       APRIL – MAY PUBLIC PROGRAMMING


In conjunction with the critically acclaimed exhibition A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD, on view through June 24, 2017, the Onassis Cultural Center New York is offering a dynamic roster of programs. The programs are designed to engage audiences in the consideration of emotions in Ancient Greek culture and how they resonate today. Admission to the exhibition and programs is free. Following are upcoming programs organized by and presented at the Onassis Cultural Center New York in midtown Manhattan, as well as programs organized by the Center in collaboration with partner organizations and taking place elsewhere.




The signature Let’s Walk series features discussions with philosopher Simon Critchley, author John Freeman, and a variety of special guests. Critchley and Freeman lead the conversation about exhibition highlights and how emotions expressed in them resonate today in the intimate setting of the gallery. All discussions are free and take place from 6:00–7:00 pm. Advance registration required. Check event calendar to select program and register.

 Thursday, April 13: Simon Critchley with Peter Meineck, Professor of Classics in the Modern World, New York University.

Thursday, May 4: John Freeman with essayist Garnette Cadogan

Thursday, May 11: Simon Critchley with author and New Yorker staff writer Judith Thurman

Thursday, May 25: Simon Critchley with designer Michael Bierut


A series of Family Sundays brings together children and their families for interactive tours, live music, art projects, and guided conversation around a variety of themes. Sessions of scheduled programs with tours begin at 11:30 am and last approximately 75 minutes each. Free. Advance registration required. Check event calendar to select session and register.

Additional drop-in art activities that do not require registration take place in the Olympic Tower Atrium from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm. During Family Sundays at Onassis, the exhibition is open to all from 11 am to 5 pm. 

 April 23: Emotions of the Gods (ages 5-9)

A tour about the significance of emotions in Greek mythology, with live music to highlight the emotions behind the artifacts. Guided by guest artists and musicians, families will be invited to create artworks and original music inspired by the exhibition. On April 23 at 11:30 am, there will also be a special tour presented in Greek.

May 21 and June 11: Everyday Emotions (ages 5-9)

A tour exploring the importance of everyday emotions through stories of ancient Greece. Families will be invited to create artworks and original music inspired by the exhibition guided by guest artists and musicians.

April 23 and May 21: Messages from Ancient Greece (ages 10-12)

A tour exploring how ancient Greece inscriptions teach us about emotions in contemporary society. Participants will have the opportunity to create music to accompany stories in the exhibition.  


The Onassis Cultural Center New York offers free guided tours of A World of Emotions every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1:00 pm through June 24. Registration is not required.



Clytemnestra Revisited: Colm Tóibín in Conversation with Louise Glück

Monday, May 15, 7:00 pm

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum, New York Public Library,

475 Fifth Avenue, New York City

$40; $36 seniors; tickets on sale through the NYPL website

In his forthcoming book House of Names, award-winning author Colm Tóibín inhabits the mind of one of Greek mythology’s most divisive characters, Clytemnestra, retelling her tragic story of power, deception, and murder. Tóibín’s humanizing revelation of Agamemnon’s wife and killer imagines the love, lust, and pain that must have driven her. Joining Tóibín for an exploration of the character's enduring intrigue and relevance is the award-winning poet Louise Glück. 


Unbound: Roxane Gay

            Tuesday, June 13, 7:00–8:30 pm

            Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Rose Cinemas

Co-presented by BAM, the Onassis Cultural Center New York, and Greenlight Bookstore 

$25 event only; $45 with book; tickets on sale now to BAM Members through the BAM website and to the General Public on April 20.

Roxane Gay, The New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist, celebrates the release of her latest book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr, Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. In Hunger, she explores her past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.


About A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD

The exhibition gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Thursdays until 9:00 pm, and on Family Sundays. Admission is always free.

A World of Emotions brings together more than 130 masterpieces from some of the world’s leading museums—including the Acropolis Museum, Athens; National Archaeological Museum, Athens; Musée du Louvre, Paris; British Museum, London; and Musei Vaticani, Vatican City—to explore the ideas and beliefs of people in classical antiquity toward emotions and the ways in which they were depicted. Featuring many objects on view in the United States for the first time and some for the first time outside of Greece, the exhibition includes vase paintings, sculpture (ranging from life-size statues from the Acropolis to relief carvings from cemeteries), theatrical masks, amulets, coins, and votive offerings, among other artifacts from the early 7th century BC (the traditional date of Homer’s The Iliad) to the late 2nd century AD. Together these works provide an opportunity to explore the role of feelings in our own personal, social, and political lives, while advancing a relatively new field of study—the history of emotions. Organized by guest curators Angelos Chaniotis, Professor of Ancient History and Classics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University; Nikolaos Kaltsas, Director Emeritus, National Archaeological Museum, Athens; and Ioannis Mylonopoulos, Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology, Columbia University, the exhibition is on view through June 24, 2017.

Also on view on The Art Wall in the Olympic Tower Atrium is Black Frames (2017) a new work by Jannis Varelas commissioned by the Onassis Cultural Center New York in conjunction with the exhibition. The mixed media work on canvas explores the complex relationship between self-knowledge and identity within the context of social restrictions  and the emotional conflicts that can arise between a sense of self and one’s role in society. On view Monday to Sunday, 8 am to 10 pm.


The Onassis Cultural Center New York explores Greek culture from antiquity to today, through a diverse program of exhibitions, events, and online engagement for audiences of all ages and interests. All programs and exhibitions—from scholarly to those designed for families, novices, and experts—are presented free of charge to make the experience accessible to all.

The Onassis Cultural Center New York is located in midtown Manhattan, in Olympic Tower, 645 Fifth Avenue at 51st Street.


The Onassis Foundation USA, an affiliate of the parent Foundation in Greece, is committed to the promotion of Greek culture. By cooperating with educational and cultural institutions in Greece and throughout the Americas, the Onassis Foundation USA promotes cultural relations. The mission of the Onassis Foundation USA is realized through two major initiatives, one cultural and educational for the general public through its Onassis Cultural Center New York, and one academic, the University Seminars Program, that places eminent scholars from all over the world in universities in North and Latin America for courses on topics related to Hellenic civilization. To learn more about the Foundation and the Onassis Cultural Center New York, please visit: www.onassisusa.org.

Images (top to bottom):

Head of Penthesilea. Marble. Roman copy of a Hellenistic Original. Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig, inv. no. BS 214. © Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig

 Let's Walk with Simon Critchley and Fiona Shaw at Onassis Cultural Center New York, March 29, 2017. Photograph: Beowulf Sheehan. Courtesy Onassis Cultural Center New York.

 Family Sundays at Onassis Cultural Center New York. Photograph: Beowulf Sheehan. Courtesy Onassis Cultural Center New York.

 Jannis Varelas, Black Frames. Mixed media on canvas. Diptych: each canvas H. 280 cm x W. 300 cm. Especially commissioned by the Onassis Cultural Center New York, in conjunction with the exhibition A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD, on view through June 24, 2017. Photograph: Joseph Coscia, Jr. Courtesy Onassis Cultural Center New York.



Lisbeth Mark and Heather Meltzer, Bow Bridge Communications, LLC, New York City

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Eleanor Goldhar, Onassis Cultural Center New York, egoldhar@onassisusa.org

Maria Galanou, Onassis Cultural Center New York, mgalanou@onassisusa.org


April - May Public Programming