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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 91 locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Below is a selection of upcoming events.

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Current Exhibitions

  • Batsheva Dance Company at 50: American Concepts and the Israeli Spirit

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Now through January 5, 2015

     

    The exhibition will offer a glance into two different representations of the juxtaposition of American choreographers and Israeli dance: known choreographies performed by Batsheva's dancers and original choreographies that were specially created for the company. 

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  • Broadway Revealed: Photographs by Stephen Joseph Behind the Theater Curtain

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Now through January 31, 2015

    The exhibition was organized by Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts,  Walnut Creek, CA

     

    With its elaborate stages and celebrity casts, New York’s Broadway theater district is one of the most popular destinations in the United States, drawing more than 11 million 

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  • Going Home, Coming Home: Remembering

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Now through January 3, 2015

    Going Home, Coming Home: Remembering is a memorial dedication that honors seven African and African American legends, whose lives have impacted humankind throughout the world. They all have influenced, inspired and supported our humanity globally, but especially and particularly in Harlem, USA, 

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  • i found god in myself: The 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Now through January 3, 2015

    Since its debut performance in California in 1974, Shange’s work has captivated, provoked, inspired and transformed audiences all over the world. Turning to the choreopoem not simply as an engaging work of text or drama but as a well of social, political and deeply personal issues affecting the Read More ›
  • Jill Kupin Rose Gallery

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Ongoing

    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 

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  • Over Here: WWI and the Fight for the American Mind

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Now through February 15, 2015

    World War I. The Great War. The War to End All Wars. The conflict that enveloped the globe from July 28, 1914, to November 11, 1918, backlit an intense home-front struggle as Americans debated their individual and collective relationship to the conflict. Should the United States be involved in 

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  • Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Now through September 4, 2015

    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 

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  • Question Bridge: Black Males

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Now through January 3, 2015

    Question Bridge is an innovative transmedia project that facilitates a dialogue between a critical mass of black men from diverse and contending backgrounds: and creates a platform for them to represent and redefine black male identity in America.The process is straightforward: on video, a black 

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  • Sublime: The Prints of J. M. W. Turner and Thomas Moran

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Now through February 15, 2015

    Celebrated for his innovative landscapes that included arresting topographies, luminous light effects, and fearsome storms, British Romantic painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851) published his Liber Studiorum (Book of Studies) between 1807 and 1819. The set signals the artist’s 

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  • The Changing Face of A Black Mecca: Gentrification in Harlem

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Now through January 3, 2015

    The Gentrification in Harlem project was curated by members of the BNY Mellon Pre-Professional Development Program as a platform for understanding the transitions that have changed the face of Harlem over the course of 50 years. 

    The project encompasses various topics that make up 

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  • “Somebody Come and Play:” 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, and Kinder

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Now through January 31, 2015

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Shelby Cullom Davis Museum, Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery

    Come play and discover things you never knew about everyone’s favorite street—Sesame Street. Sesame 

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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.

  • "Point of Origin" - Digital Prints by Rosemarie Di Donna

    Mulberry Street Library
    Now through December 31, 2014

    "Point of Origin" by Rosemarie Di Donna When finality hits us, we search for the point of origin. Through religion, nature, experience, or the depths of imagination, we discover where we come from and where we will return. When I close my eyes, these are the images I see, replicate, and share 

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  • An Exhibit of Paintings by Koho School of Sumi-e

    Jefferson Market Library
    Now through January 9, 2015

    Sumi-e is a 2000-year-old Japanese art form spiritually rooted in Zen Buddhism.  The early practitioners of this art were monks who dedicated themselves to this art form as a spiritual exploration of themselves and the world around them. Traditionally, Sumi-e artists refrained from using 

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  • BOBBI BECK: Real Unreal? An exhibition of autobiographical artworks

    Grand Central Library
    Now through December 29, 2014

    Bring your eyes to experience the imaginative and thought provoking images of Bobbi Beck at the Grand Central Branch of the New York Public Library. She tightrope walks the line between reality and fantasy in these dreamlike art stories. They are constructed of forms that warp, twist and morph Read More ›
  • Collages & Hand-made Books by Yarisa Colón Torres

    Bronx Library Center
    Now through January 31, 2015

    Bronx Library Center Latino & Puerto Rican Cultural Center Puerto Rican Heritage Gallery Invites you to Collages & Hand-made Books by Yarisa Colón Torres Exhibit will be on view from December 5, 2014 - January 31, 2015 Opening Tour: Thursday December 11, 2014, at 7pm; Closing 

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  • Evan Chamberlain - Handmaps

    Mulberry Street Library
    Now through January 3, 2015

    Evan Chamberlain – Handmaps

    Born in 1987 in Seattle and raised in Bainbridge Island, WA by anenvironmental engineer and a glass blower, I was privileged to grow up in an environment where both art and the spirit of invention were 

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  • Listening Station for People's History of Harlem Oral History Project

    115th Street Library
    Now through December 31, 2014

    Our collected stories are now even easier to access!  Come into our lobby, pick up the headphones and listen to one or more of the fascinating stories our neighbors have shared.  Or if you prefer, you can access it from anywhere at :  

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  • Mary Judge | Thinking in Print | Art Wall on Third Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    Now through January 4, 2015

     

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library present Thinking in Print: New Works on Paper a site-specific exhibition of unique relief prints on handmade paper produced  by artist Mary Judge in collaboration with Wildwood Press of St Louis, Missouri.

    Mary Judge 

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  • NER BECK: Street Art, New York to Prague

    St. Agnes Library
    Now through January 30, 2015

    Photographer and longtime Upper West Sider Ner Beck, who has over the years captured window reflections and found faces exclusively in NYC, recently spent some time in the magical city of Prague. The similarities and contrasts existing between Gotham and Praha, both centuries and miles apart, Read More ›
  • Paintings of Elinore Bucholtz

    Riverside Library
    Now through October 30, 2015

  • Parable by Kristin Casaletto

    Muhlenberg Library
    Now through January 16, 2015

    Parable, hand-pulled prints and monumentally scaled works by Kristin Casaletto will be on exhibit at the New York Public Library’s Muhlenberg branch, 209 W. 23rd Oct. 16, 2014, through Jan. 16, 2015. An opening reception will be held Oct. 16 from 6-8 p.m.

    Parable features artwork 

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  • Peter Bynum | Illuminated Paint | Art in the Corner Room Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    Now through January 25, 2015

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

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library present Illuminated Paint a site-specific exhibition of seventeen illuminated paintings on glass by artist Peter Bynum. Painters have long 

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  • Peter Bynum | Illuminated Paint | Art in the Windows Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    Now through January 25, 2015

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library are pleased to present two exhibitions, by artist Peter Bynum, created specifically for Art in the Corner Room and Art 

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  • Qiana Mestrich | Inherited Patterns | Photo Walls in Picture Collection Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    Now through February 22, 2015

    Qiana Mestrich is a photobased visual artist, writer and mother from Brooklyn, New York. A 2013 graduate of the ICPBard College MFA in Advanced Photographic Practice, her autobiographical work establishes a study of heritage within 

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  • Tamara Porras "Insatiate"

    Riverside Library
    Now through January 31, 2015

    Artist Tamara Porras "Insatiate"

     

    We eat to feel nourished. We eat to feel pleasure. We eat to feel love. We eat to feel. Insatiate explores the cognitive dissonance between social norms of eating and my inner relationship with food consumption. The photographs externalize 

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  • The Bronx in Black & White: Places and People

    Bronx Library Center
    Now through December 31, 2014

    The Bronx in Black and White: Places and People

    Photographs from The Last County: The Bronx 1914-2014

    a Bronx County Centennial exhibit by

    The New York City Department of Records & 

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  • TIME AND DISTANCE

    Washington Heights Library
    Now through December 31, 2014

    Time and Distance An exhibition of paintings by Dan Ault http://www.artwanted.com/danault

     

     

    Washington Heights Library September 3 to December 31, 2014 Opening and Artist’s Read More ›
  • Trans-Siberia: Views from the Dining Car by Kathy Creutzburg

    Ottendorfer Library
    Ongoing

    In 2013, artist Kathy Creutzburg was invited to travel through Russia, Mongolia and China via the Trans-Siberian railroad. The journey included many days in a compact sleeping car, and made many stops between Moscow and Beijing. After first touring St. Petersburg, Kathy, accompanied by her 

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