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

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Current Exhibitions

  • Curators' Choice: Black Life Matters

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

    The exhibition galleries are open Monday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 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 

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  • harlem is... Theater

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

     

    Harlem is… Theater

    Organized by Community Works, NYC and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

    Originating in 2005, Community Works’ award-winning harlem is. . . Theater is a multimedia exhibition that tells the story of nearly 200 years of Black 

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  • 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 August 15, 2015 (All day)

    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 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 

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  • 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 

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  • The Rose Family Seder Books

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Now through April 19, 2015 (All day)

    The Rose Family Seder Books are unique artists’ books, showcasing over sixty years of Passover-themed artwork collected through an innovative annual commission from the Rose family—exceptional friends of The New York Public Library. The first three volumes of the Rose Family Seder Books were 

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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 

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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, 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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, 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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

     

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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 

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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 

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  • Shikariov-Mamonova Art Exhibit

    Bloomingdale Library
    Ongoing

    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 

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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 

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