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

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Current Exhibitions

  • The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Now through September 7, 2014

    The ABC of It is an examination of why children’s books are important: what and how they teach children, and what they reveal about the societies that produced them. Through a dynamic array of objects and activities, the exhibition celebrates the extraordinary richness, artistry, and 

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  • Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Now through June 14, 2014

    From 1900 to 1960, Hollywood’s greatest animators and biggest studios produced more than 600 cartoon shorts featuring black characters. These films reflected the racial stereotypes of the pre–Civil Rights Era, portraying blacks as less than human and as minstrel caricatures. It wasn’t 

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  • Holocaust Remembrance: From the Collections

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Now through May 7, 2014

    Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day—Yom HaShoah—at The New York Public Library, this display draws from the holdings of the Dorot Jewish Division, the Rare Book Division, and the Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.  In 2014, Yom HaShoah falls on April 28.

    This display 

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  • 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 

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  • Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Now through May 10, 2014

    Feb. 6–May 10

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts -

    Mon, Thu noon–8 p.m.; Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat Noon–6 p.m.

    Fifty years ago The Beatles came to America. On Friday, February 7, 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, 

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  • Motown: The Truth Is A Hit

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Now through July 26, 2014

    Motown founder Berry Gordy is quoted as saying “The truth is a hit.” And in truth, Detroit’s Motown Records became the voice of an entire generation. Our upcoming Motown exhibition, The Truth Is a Hit seeks to explore Gordy’s notion of the truth by tracing black music from its 

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  • Portraits of Sound

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Now through June 7, 2014

      In Portraits of Sound, Ernestine Ruben captured New York Philharmonic musicians as they relate to their instruments and to the sounds they produce, transforming the images to convey her love and perception of music. All sections of the orchestra are included -- strings, woodwind, brass and Read More ›
  • The Deep South–Then & Now

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Now through May 31, 2014

    This exhibition showcases 25 contemporary images taken by photographer Kenneth B. Goldberg when he visited some of the landmark places of the Civil Rights Movement. 

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

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