The stand-by list becomes available at the admissions desk exactly two (2) hours before the start of the program. You must be physically present to sign up on the list. Any available tickets will be released to the stand-by list, in order, beginning ten minutes before the start of the program. Each person can purchase up to two tickets. You must be physically present at the time your name is called or your place in line will be forfeited. Unfortunately, we are unable to predict how many tickets, if any, may become available.
Chairman's Circle members of the museum have first priority to purchase tickets for sold-out programs, should tickets become available. Please call 212.620.5000 ext. 344 to inquire about membership.
Janis Ian was a musical child prodigy, picking up her father’s battered guitar at age 10 and publishing her first song to rock the nation at age 14. Despite being initially banned by radio stations for being too “subversive”, Society’s Child quickly went to #1 and Ian joined the ranks of fellow icons, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
“That honesty, its eloquence and depth, may be her chief legacy to contemporary music” –Arlene Levinson, Associated Press
With the tenacity and perseverance that would see her through four decades as an artist, she staged her first "comeback" with what would be become a classic anthem for disaffected teenagers: At Seventeen. Not only did the song win Ian two Grammys, selling over a million copies; it led to a seven-year period of unbridled success that gave her #1 records in every Western country.
Her songs have been re-recorded by so many others that few remember that Ian is the original author. In 2008, Janis reached another pinnacle in her career, releasing her long-awaited autobiography: Society's Child. With her short stories, songs for film and television and her scholarship foundation for returning students that has raised over $300,000, Janis Ian is a formidable talent, a force of nature.