The Brooklyn Public Library’s “The Book of Hov” exhibit is extending its run through October, so you still have a chance to experience this career-spanning Jay-Z retrospective. Whether you visit this summer or plan for a fall trip, this free exhibit is a must-see. The exhibition opened with a star-studded premiere attended by A-list celebrities and the man himself, alongside his wife Beyoncé and daughter Blue Ivy.
If you can’t make it to the physical exhibit, don’t worry. The interactive “Book” website offers a chapter-by-chapter recap of the items on display, with renowned radio host Angie Martinez providing narration. The exhibit showcases a range of archived objects, including original recording masters, never-before-seen photos, iconic stage wear, awards, and artifacts from all aspects of Jay-Z’s professional life. The building’s façade features lyrics from his popular songs, creating the illusion of an open book. Plus, the library has set up a blue LED cube outside that plays content from Jay-Z’s illustrious career, welcoming fans as they enter.
The exhibition is divided into eight sections, each offering a unique collection of career curiosities. For example, “Hov Did That” houses various noteworthy items, such as Jay-Z’s guitar from the 2008 Glastonbury Festival, a handwritten letter from Frank Sinatra’s daughter in 2009, and Jay’s 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award. Another section, “Baseline Studios,” recreates the recording space where Jay-Z produced some of his most renowned albums.
You don’t need a library card to enter, and the library has even created 13 limited-edition library cards featuring the covers of Jay-Z’s solo albums. These cards are a special collector’s item, starting from his debut album in 1986, “Reasonable Doubt.”