The New York Public Library for Performing Arts’ Lou Reed Listening Room

Upper West Side, Manhattan

An internally lit truss structure supports 12 speakers and 4 media screens showing images of Lou Reed's album art.
Credit: Courtesy of Arup

Sat, October 22nd, 2022

How can I get tickets? Entry to this location is free, but requires tickets distributed via lottery. Enter the lottery anytime between 12:00pm on Thursday, October 13 and 12:00pm on Friday, October 14.

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Visitors will receive special access to the Lou Reed Listening Room, a fully immersive acoustic, visual, and lighting experience designed to recreate Reed's groundbreaking composition for gallery visitors from his exact acoustic perspective while performing it live onstage, as well a wide variety of music and content not previously available to the public. The Listening Room is the latest iteration in a 13-year collaboration between Arup, Lou Reed, and his estate, this time with the public library. Arup designers Xena Petkanas (lighting) and Léonard Roussel (multimedia) will demonstrate the acoustic and visual capabilities of the space, discuss the impact of the addition of lighting in the listening room design for the very first time, and describe the process of programming and integrating the exhibition’s many elements.   The Lou Reed Listening Room is part of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' free exhibition Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars, the first large-scale exhibition from Reed’s archive, which was acquired by the Music & Recorded Sound Division in 2017.

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This experience is offered during OHNY Weekend as a part of Radical Knowledge: Libraries as Community Catalysts, a series examining how libraries serve as both vibrant learning institutions and centers for their communities, providing physical and virtual spaces to enrich civic life, expand economic opportunity, and improve the quality of place and quality of life for New Yorkers.

Radical Knowledge is produced in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library.

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