Jay-Z is the subject of a temporary exhibition at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library. It’s called “The Book of Hov,” and, as noted in a statement on the exhibition’s website, it includes “thousands of archived objects, including original recording masters, never-before-seen photos, iconic stage wear, prestigious awards and recognitions, as well as videos and artifacts from every facet on Jay-Z’s professional life.” It opens Friday, July 14, 2023. The library has not yet announced when the exhibit will close, but branch director Christine Schonhart anticipated it would be open through the fall.
According to representatives from the library, Roc Nation covered the full expense and most of the labor for the exhibit’s installation, and there will be no cost to the Brooklyn Public Library or taxpayers for the exhibit. The company is also donating an undisclosed sum of the money to the library, along with copies of books and vinyl records. Representatives indicated that Roc Nation organized The Book of Hov as a surprise to Jay-Z, and that it was arranged for the much bigger main branch instead of the smaller Marcy Library that’s closer to Jay-Z’s home neighborhood. Brooklyn Public Library has also announced that its rolling out 13 new limited-edition library cards in connection with The Book of Hov, with each card bearing one of Jay-Z’s album covers.
On The Book of Hov’s website, you can find audio clips, text, and photos of the exhibition, which populates a significant portion of the 352,000-square-foot building. Library staff encouraged those visiting the exhibit to bring their own phones and headphones to augment the experience.
For more information, Jay-Z Exhibition “The Book of Hov” Comes to the Brooklyn Public Library was originally published on Pitchfork by Allison Hussey.