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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

  • Artists at Work, Artists in Process

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Now through October 25, 2014

    A pioneering producer of performing arts in museums, Works & Process at the Guggenheim has championed new works, offered audiences unprecedented access to generations of leading creators and performers, and provided them with the chance to share their creative process. At each Works & 

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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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  • 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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  • The Slave Route

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Now through October 18, 2014

    The Schomburg Center’s Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery presents The Slave Route, a flash display of artifacts, documents, and photographs marking the 20th anniversary of The Slave Route Project, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural 

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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.

  • One Greenwich Village Artist’s Response To 9/11

    Jefferson Market Library
    Now through October 4, 2014

     

    The Language of History exhibit by luke kurtis features photography, writing, artist’s books, and other work by the artist. Some of this work documents the tragedy itself as the artist experienced it from Greenwich Village, while other pieces were made in response in the days after 

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  • A Community of Flowers--Losaida Gardens by Carolyn Ratcliffe

    Ottendorfer Library
    Now through October 7, 2014

    Carolyn Ratcliffe has drawn and painted since her childhood in Missiissppi. She received a BA in Art with a concentration in painting from the University of Alabama. After moving to New York in 1974, she turned in her brushes for a garden trowel and a camera,  and painted and then photographed 

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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

    Artist Statement

    The print work on view is about mystic image-space based on classic proportions expressed through a refined application of the media and forms. Drawn and minimally painted elements combine to create a tightly layered picture space. As opposed to my paintings, these 

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  • NER BECK: A Photo Exhibition of New York City Found Faces & Window Reflections

    Mulberry Street Library
    Now through October 31, 2014

    Come see Ner Beck’s strange, humorous and magical photos of found art and window reflections shot on the streets on NYC, now at the Mulberry Street Branch of the New York Public Library. Over 30 photographs include trees with human expressions, smiling fire hydrants, living mannequins with Read More ›
  • Paintings: Cesar Santana

    Inwood Library
    Now through October 15, 2014

    Come enjoy the works of Inwood painter Cesar Santana, on exhibit on the first floor. In the artist's own words: "I try to  express in my paintings a state of being that contemplates different realities of daily life. I take this from the teachings of Kabbalism which formulates that the 

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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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  • 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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  • Qiana Mestrich | Necked | Art in the Windows Exhibition

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    Now through December 1, 2014

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library are pleased to present two exhibitions; by artist, writer and mother Qiana Mestrich;  created specifically for Art in the Windows and

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  • The Birth of Bronx County

    Bronx Library Center
    Now through October 31, 2014

    This exhibit highlights the centennial anniversary of the Bronx as a  County of New York State.   It offers a retrospective on the year of  inauguration  —  1914.

    The Bronx officially became the 62nd county of New York State on January 1, 1914.  The  launching of the Bronx as a 

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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 ›

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