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Exhibitions at NYPL


Exhibitions and special displays at the Library's many locations showcase our rich and varied collections.

The New York Public Library offers free public classes, programs, and exhibitions at its 92 locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Below is a selection of upcoming events.

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Current Exhibitions

  • Celebrating Carnegie’s Gift to New Yorkers: More Than a Century of NYC's Neighborhood Libraries

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Now through May 10, 2015 (All day)

    The New York Public Library is proud to honor Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919), the visionary philanthropist whose gift of $5,200,000 toward the building of branch libraries in New York City helped guarantee that every New Yorker has access to a library in his or her neighborhood. Spurred on by Carnegie’s historic philanthropy, on April 26, 1901, the New York State Legislature passed an act empowering the City of New York to build a system of free circulating libraries that today numbers 217 branches across NYC’s five boroughs.

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  • Curators' Choice: Black Life Matters

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Now through August 15, 2015 - 6:00pm

    Curators’ Choice: Black Life Matters launches the Schomburg Center’s 90th anniversary year with an eclectic array of rarely seen collection materials that affirm the Schomburg’s mission to document and preserve black life, history, and culture. The curator of each research division presents selections that engage audiences with the rich matter of black life and cultural production—from documentary films to children’s books, from handwritten letters to historical audio recordings and LPs, from photographs to lithographs, and much more.Read More ›
  • harlem is... Theater

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Now through May 2, 2015 - 1:45pm

    Originating in 2005, Community Works’ award-winning harlem is. . . Theater is a multimedia exhibition that tells the story of nearly 200 years of Black Theater in Harlem and New York City and celebrates both the early black theaters and those that continue building the legacy. Through exhibits, memorabilia, photos, film and original artwork, the exhibition tells of the theaters that bloomed and survived, the people who were driven to keep them vital, and the explosion of Black Theater productions that marked the 1960s and continues to this day. Read More ›
  • Jill Kupin Rose Gallery

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    This ongoing exhibition consists of large wall panels with photographs, text, objects, and videos illustrating the history and the vast array of collections, services, and users of The New York Public Library's Branch and Research Libraries. The Jill Kupin Rose Gallery was created in 1998 by former New York Public Library Chairman Marshall Rose in memory of his late wife, Jill Kupin Rose.Read More ›
  • Over Here: WWI and the Fight for the American Mind

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Now through August 15, 2015 (All day)

    Drawing from collections across The New York Public Library, Over Here: WWI and the Fight for the American Mind explores the manner in which public relations, propaganda, and mass media in its many forms were used to shape and control public opinion about the war while also noting social and political issues that continue to resonate, such as freedom of speech and the press, xenophobia, and domestic espionage.Read More ›
  • Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Now through January 3, 2016 (All day)

    Thanks to the development of new technology and social media, more photographs are created, viewed, and shared today than ever before. Public Eye, the first-ever retrospective survey of photography organized by NYPL, takes advantage of this moment to reframe the way we look at photographs from the past. Ranging from photography’s official announcement in 1839 to manifestations of its current pervasiveness, this landmark exhibition, drawn entirely from the Library’s collections, explores the various ways in which photography has been shared and made public.Read More ›
  • Sinatra: An American Icon

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Now through September 4, 2015 (All day)

    Frank Sinatra, an artist of such uncommon talent, was known simply as "The Voice." His impact on American culture is as striking today as it was during the height of his career. As the official exhibition of the Frank Sinatra Centennial, Sinatra: An American Icon showcases 100 years of Sinatra legacy and was curated by the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE, in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Sinatra Family. Sinatra: An American Icon, presented in cooperation with the Sinatra Family, Frank Sinatra Enterprises and the Frank Sinatra Collection, USC School of Cinematic Arts, will feature never-before-seen photos, family mementos, rare correspondence, personal items, artwork and recordings. The exhibition's New York debut is presented in association with Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven.

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  • William Meyers: Outer Boroughs

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Now through June 30, 2015 (All day)

    Photography’s longtime love affair with New York City has typically been centered on Manhattan, rather than on any of the city’s four other boroughs, the “outer boroughs.” For nearly two decades, between 1990 and 2008, William Meyers sought to correct this imbalance by taking his camera to overlooked and underexplored locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. The photographs in this exhibition represent Meyers’s selection of images from that project, printed as a portfolio and acquired by The New York Public Library in 2008. Organized visually rather than thematically or geographically, the images are meant to be encountered as the photographer did himself—“as a curious pedestrian willing to be surprised as he wanders the streets and boulevards of his city.” The photographs, the earliest of which were taken twenty-five years ago, also stand as visual reminders of New York City’s constant evolution.

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Community Showcases

Select locations provide space to community groups, organizations or individuals to showcase works that the Library determines will further its mission.

  • Always Spring (Siempre Primavera) by Artist Rosalba Henao

    Bronx Library Center
    Now through April 29, 2015 (All day)

    Exhibit will be on view from April 1-29, 2015

    Always Spring is an exhibition that seeks to share the taste for shapes and color, hoping to continue establishing the alliance between human being and enivironment. Always Spring is also a metaphor for life, evoking the arrival of best days, after the hard, cold winter days. The techniques are varied, chalk pastel, acrylic, watercolor and sumi-e. 

    Bronx Library Center Latino & Puerto Rican Cultural Center/Puerto Rican heritage Gallery 4th floor on view from March 31-April 29, 2015 

    Exhibit Installation date:    Tuesday March 31, 2015

    Heritage Exhibit Opening   Thursday April 2, 2015 6pm

    Heritage Tour                     Thursday April 2, 2015 6pm

    Closing/Reception              Wednesday April 29, 2015 6pm

    Rosalba Henao, was born in Colombia and is currently living in Bronx, New York.  

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  • An Immigrant Heritage Week Exhibit - Old Country/New Country: photographs by Arnold Weissberg

    Bronx Library Center
    Now through April 30, 2015 (All day)

    People from all over the world come to New York—New York is a city of immigrants—to live,  but they don’t leave their countries and their cultures behind.  In fact, they usually are proud of where they came from and often have a day dedicated to the old country.

    Some of these parades and days are very well known—the Puerto Ricans, the Dominicans, the Irish.  I find the smaller parades more interesting because they have a more popular character.  Just regular people, no politicians or movie stars.  So in my photos you’ll see Sikhs and Iranians and Koreans, as well as Chinese, Latinos, and other people as well. -Arnold Weissberg.

    Meet the Photographer on April 18 at 1:30 pm - learn what inspired his art.


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  • Art Luminaries

    115th Street Library
    Now through December 31, 2015 (All day)

    Large size photographs of Harlem Renaissance greats on display:


    1.  James Baldwin and Nina Simone, 1960s.  Photographer unknown. PSNYPL_SCG_662U. tif - Source: James Baldwin portrait collection

    2.  Alvin Ailey, Charles Moore and others in unidentified work, ca. 1960s. Photographer unknown.  Source: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater photograph collection

    3. Langston Hughes seated next to table with portable typewriter, ca. 1950s.  Photographer unknown  - Source: Langston Hughes portrait collection

    4. Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and Billy Eckstine with Billie's chihuahua "Peppy," 1950s.  Photographer unknown.  PSNYPL_SCG_559U.tif - Source: Billie Holiday portrait collection5.  Zora Neale Hurston at Federal Writers Project booth at the New York Times Book Fair, 1937.  Photographer: Federal Writers Project, New York City Guide Photo. Digital ID 1953647 - Source: 

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  • Art Without Borders: Seven Inspiring Art Stories of Female Artists

    Riverdale Library
    Now through April 30, 2015 (All day)


    Art Without Borders: Seven Inspiring Art Stories of Russian-Speaking Female Artists

    Art is the great connector, as proven here in the stories about seven Eastern European female artists who share their immigration experience and their ways to acclimate themselves into American culture.

    These seven artists all work in different mediums; their shared experiences create a common thread, weaving their Eastern European roots into their American lifestyles. For the most part modern immigrants have succeeded in assimilating into mainstream American style and it’s hard to separate their native background from American life now.


    Writer’s Bio

    Victoria Averbukh is a professional journalist and writer. She was born in Moscow, Russia..

    Victoria graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with a master degree in journalism and political PR. She worked for several Russian federal newspapers as an editor, as well as a 

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  • Audrey Rodriguez - paintings and drawings

    115th Street Library
    Now through April 30, 2015 - 6:00am

    Audrey Rodriguez is from Brownsville, Texas.  She describes her work: “I found my artistic voice after witnessing the inhumane treatment of Central American and Mexican immigrants at the hands of U.S. Border Patrol officers.”   In New York (she.. studies) under Jacob Collins at Grand Central Atelier, concentrating on the human figure.  Another focus is “ the study of nature through direct observation…to communicate my ideas more effectively. ...Nature holds the truth, and truth is beauty”. 

    Please visit our 1st floor gallery to see Audrey’s unique work. A reception will be held Saturday April 25th from 2 – 4 PM


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  • Barbara Madsen | Plastic Age: Further Removed | Photo Walls in Picture Collection Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    Now through August 17, 2015 (All day)

    She has had solo exhibitions at ULUS Gallery in Belgrade, Serbia in 2014; Millersville University, Pennsylvania, 2011; Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia; St. Lawrence University, New York; Miami University, Ohio; Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, and Edinburgh Print Gallery, Scotland. Her selected group exhibitions include the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, The New York Public Library, and the International Print Center in New York. International solo shows include Italy, Scotland, the Czech Republic, and Serbia; her work was selected for group exhibitions in Japan, China, Belgium, France, Spain, Serbia, Germany, Poland, India, and the United Arab Emirates.  Madsen's works are in the collections of The New York Public Library; the Library of Congress; Dartmouth College; University of Sharijah, United Arab Emirates; Guanlan Art Center in Shenzhen, China; and the Amoco Corporation.

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  • Barbara Madsen | Plastic Age: IN/OUT | Art in the Corner Room Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    Now through May 21, 2015 (All day)

    Unless there is a scheduled program or event the Corner Room hours are as indicated.

                        "The word 'plastic' has itself has undergone gradual changes…the exotic; the everyday; vector of progress; threat to the environment; the aerospace component; the supermarket bag; the kitsch; and the highly sophisticated design." ~ Ezio Manzini

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  • Barbara Madsen | Plastic Age: Sculpture and Video | Art in the Windows Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    Now through May 21, 2015 (All day)

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library present Plastic Age: Video Sculpture a site-specific exhibition of sculpture and video by artist, and art Professor Barbara Madsen. 

    In 2004 she was awarded a Puffin Foundation Fellowship for the next three banners in Washington D.C.. Madsen’s banner of the smiley face with its mouth wide open, like Edvard Munch's scream and gas mask, was hoisted over the façade of the Corcoran Museum of Art at 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue, across the lawn from the White House. She has had solo exhibitions at ULUS Gallery in Belgrade, Serbia in 2014; Millersville University, Pennsylvania, 2011; Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia; St. Lawrence University, New York; Miami University, Ohio; Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, and Edinburgh Print Gallery, Scotland. Her selected group exhibitions include the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, The New York Public Library, and the International Print Center in New York. 

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  • Details: New Paintings by Klay-James Enos

    Ottendorfer Library
    Now through May 18, 2015 (All day)

    Klay-James Enos' paintings straddle the line between the fundamentals of digital imaging and abstract painting. The "Detail" paintings refer to the extreme close-ups of the photographs they were sampled from. These paintings differ from Enos' previous work in scale and subject matter, but they adopt the same style of using compositional structure to reframe abstract painting. Where the grid was used a method for painting figuarative subject matter with abstraction as a technique, the "Detail" paintings exploit that structure as a compositional strategy for abstract painting. 


    Enos is an East Village native. He graduated with a B.A. from Alfred University in 2012, where he studied English literature and art history. Enos has been featured in New York City group shows at Theater for the New City, the Tompkins Square Library Gallery, and Michael Mut Project Space. In 2013 and 2014, his works was included in the LES Festival of the Arts.

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  • Love, Masks, and Flowers - Paintings by Rossella 'Blue' Mocerino

    Mulberry Street Library
    Now through June 30, 2015 - 2:15pm

    Love, Masks & Flowers 

    Paintings by Rossella BLUE Mocerino Mulberry Street Library 10 Jersey Street (between Lafayette & Mulberry St.) March 4 - ­June 30, 2015 Opening Reception March 9 from 5 - 6:45 PM


    Exhibition  is displayed on Lower Level 2 and Ground Floor.

    Library Hours Mon 12 -7 Tuesday 10 - 6 Wed 12 - 7 Thurs 10 - 6 Fri 10 - 5 Sat 10 - 5  Phone: 212-966-3424

     Artist will be present for the opening. 

    Use of library space by Rossella BLUE Mocerino for this exhibition does not indicate endorsement by the New York Public Library.

    Artist Rossella BLUE Mocerino has always been interested in the human figure but it was after attending the Venice Carnival in 1993 that she found her subject, masked figures, and her 

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  • Marty Kornfeld: Reclaimed and Repurposed!

    Jefferson Market Library
    Now through April 30, 2015 (All day)

    Marty Kornfeld:  Reclaimed and Repurposed!  

    An exhibition of paintings by an artist and resident of Greenwich Village for over 50 years!  Curated by Shaa Garey.

    In The Little Underground Gallery, located in the lower level of the library.  

    Please join us to celebrate this very first exhibit by Mr. Kornfeld:  Opening Reception, Saturday, April 4 from 7 pm to 9 pm.

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  • Ner Beck: Street Photographs of Found Faces & Window Reflections from New York to Prague

    Riverside Library
    Now through April 29, 2015 (All day)

    After seeing Ner Beck's photographs of found street faces and colorful window reflections you might think your eyes are playing tricks on you.  See everyday discarded or ignored street objects come alive with humanlike faces staring back at you.  Many of these anthropomorphic objects have visual voices that seem to speak directly to you. You might ask yourself "What's going on here, are these things for real?"  That visual dilemma is what makes these photographs so intriguing.  Also included are prism-like reflections that appear to be collaged, but are randomly created when shop windows reflect and merge with other images mirrored from the opposite side of the street.  Anyone who loves to walk and visually wonder at the lost or hidden side of cities will definitely get a mind giggle from this exhibition of 30 photographs that might change the way you view city streets. So, stop by the Riverside Branch of the New York Public Library, just adjacent to Lincoln Center, and get 

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  • Shikariov-Mamonova Art Exhibit

    Bloomingdale Library

    Tatyana and Gennady have worked together for many years and are part of a flourishing Russian and international nonconformist movement. Their work has been shown in Moscow, Istanbul, Dehli, Paris, etc., and can also be found in the private collections of various diplomats.

    Their work is now on display at the Bloomingdale Library. 

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  • Susan Bee | The Challenge of Painting | Art Wall on Third Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    Now through August 20, 2015 - 9:45am

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library present the exhibition titled The Challenge of Painting featuring three oil and enamel paintings created by artist Susan Bee in 2014. These paintings highlight two related aspects of the artist’s work, her use of black and white film stills and her use of genre paintings from the 1800s.

    Susan Bee is a painter, editor, writer, and book artist, who lives in New York City. In 2015, her photograms and altered photos from the 1970s were exhibited at Southfirst Gallery in Brooklyn. She has had seven solo shows at A.I.R. Gallery, NY, and a solo painting show at 

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