photo by Beowulf Sheehan 


The Onassis Cultural Center New York hosted wide-ranging events during the recent exhibition—A World of Emotions—from March 9 to June 24. Concerts, talks, and Family Sundays gave voice to A World of Emotions. Our last program of the season, I Get So Emotional: A Poetry Reading in A World of Emotions (PHOTO GALLERY), wrestled with emotions in verse. Click here for full list of exhibition events.

In addition to the in-house events listed below, the Onassis Cultural Center New York partnered with outside organizations to produce a range of off-site cultural events:

At BAM—Roxane GayArundhati RoyRebecca Solnit (PHOTO GALLERY), and for The People Speak (PHOTO GALLERY) readings and musical performances were presented by some of today’s leading artists, including Marisa Tomei, Staceyann Chin, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Deva Mahal, Frances McDormand, Peter Sarsgaard, Stew, David Strathairn.

European Literature Night at Bohemian National Hall - PHOTO GALLERY

Colm Tóibín with Louise Glück at New York Public Library

Let's Walk

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

During the run of the recent exhibition - March through June - a series of peripatetic conversations took place in the gallery for A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC - 200 AD. Discussions focused on the 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—wandered through the exhibition and engaged 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 & Audio 

John Freeman and Garnette Cadogan, May 4 - Photo Gallery & Audio

Simon Critchley and Judith Thurman, May 11 - Photo Gallery & Audio

Simon Critchley and Michael Bierut, May 25 - Photo Gallery

Family Sundays at Onassis 

March 26 l April 23 l May 21 l June 11

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!)

Photo Gallery from April 23

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, Onassis Cultural Center New York music concerts are popular events. Watch and listen to recent concerts below.

Guided Exhibition Tours

Guided tours of A World of Emotions, took place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons at 1 PM, and added deeper context to the exhibition. Tours were led by scholars and were free of charge. 

Exhibition School Tours

Open students' eyes and minds to art exhibitions through guided exhibition school tours for grades 3 - 12. School tours are free and available by reservation during exhibitions by contacting

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

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