Caffe Lena
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We'd like to publish the book abroad. Email us if you have ideas!

CLHP is the winner of the Multimedia Award for the book, CD box set, and website.

The NEW YORK TIMES features the Caffè Lena History Project on the cover of the ARTS section!



“In today’s world, where YouTube and the Internet and do it yourself tools of technology make it possible for everyone to rejoice in the philosphy that teaches us that small is beautiful, the story of Lena and her struggles and the history of the Caffè are all more meaningful than ever.” –David Amram

Caffè Lena: Inside America’s Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse is a traveling exhibition that brings together Joe Alper’s rare Caffè Lena images in the first retrospective show to explore the artist’s work, as he intersected with luminaries of the folk, blues, jazz, and theater worlds at Caffè Lena. It includes rare audio, video, and text drawn from interviews with 100 artists featured in Alper’s photographs. The material documents underground coffeehouse counterculture, and the civil rights and feminist movements.

This exhibition will be of interest to the nostalgic baby boom generation as well as the current DIY Indie generation, especially those who are curious about the freewheeling underground arts scene of 1960s New York. It will be the first exhibition to reveal the untold stories of America’s greatest folk music heroes with never-before seen pictures and firsthand interview material. Its highly diverse contents will make it an interactive, educational and entertaining experiece for viewers.

Available for Touring

Download the PDF Exhibition Proposal to learn more

Contact us with your interest in bringing the exhibition to your venue