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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

  • "My Business is to Sing" Emily Dickinson: Musician and Poet

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Now through March 6, 2015 (All day)

    The daily musical activities of poet Emily Dickinson (1830–86) — home performances at the piano, collecting sheet music, and attending concerts— reveal a great deal about the cultural offerings available to a woman of her time, place, and class.

    For Emily Dickinson, these 

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  • Becoming The Man in the White Suit: The Tom Wolfe Papers

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Now through February 27, 2015 (All day)

    Get a first look at highlights from the impressive archive of author, journalist, and cultural commentator Tom Wolfe in a free display at The New York Public Library.  The display features nearly two dozen selections from the archive, which was acquired by the Library in 2013. Among the items 

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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 

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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

    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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Community Showcases

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

  • 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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  • 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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  • BOBBI BECK’s Visual Voice. A staircase exhibition of autobiographical artworks

    St. Agnes Library
    Now through March 28, 2015 (All day)

    See Bobbi Beck’s imaginative and thought provoking images that are now on display at the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library. Her artworks have been described as existing somewhere between classic fine art and illustrated storytelling. Each piece is filled with her personal 

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  • Hsiao-Chi Chang, Illustration Solo Show

    Mulberry Street Library
    Now through February 28, 2015 (All day)

    On view in the Children's Room of Mulberry Street Library is Taiwanese artist, Hsiao-Chi Chang. 

    Artist Bio - Hello, My name is Hsiao-Chi Chang. I also go by my nickname, "Alice." I am an illustrator who was born and raised in Taiwan and currently live in Brooklyn, New York. My 

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  • NANCY EVERS: Photographs

    Bloomingdale Library
    Now through February 28, 2015 (All day)

    NANCY EVERS: Photographs 

    Nancy, a long-time Upper West Sider, is now holding her second exhibit of photographs at The Bloomingdale Library. Nebraska born, she has had a lifelong love of music and has been known professionally for her private voice studio, performances on Broadway and 

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  • Paintings of Elinore Bucholtz

    Riverside Library
    Now through October 30, 2015 (All day)

  • Patricia Dahlman | Big Open Book | Art Wall on Third Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    Now through April 1, 2015 (All day)

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library present Big Open Book, a site-specific exhibition of a soft sculpture of an

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  • The Art of Sacred Geometry

    Mulberry Street Library
    Now through February 28, 2015 (All day)

    The Art of Sacred Geometry

    An exhibition of works on paper by Karl Lorenzen at the Mulberry Branch of the New York Public Library, from January 7th to February 2nd, 2015.

    Artist Statement

    Sacred Geometry, the confluence of art, science, and spirituality, constitutes a 

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  • Wearable Art with Self-taught Mixed Media Artist / Nanette Sanchez Velasquez

    Bronx Library Center
    Now through February 28, 2015 (All day)


    Of Old Earth Creates 

    Nanette is a life-long, Harlem-based, self-taught, mixed media artisan with a concentration in “WearAble Art.”  She is an artistic, innovative designer and her unique style is captured in each dramatic piece she 

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  • Works by Charles A. Dey, Visual Artist

    Bronx Library Center
    Now through February 28, 2015 (All day)

    ARTIST STATEMENT As a child, I used to draw on open spaces: tiny shreds of paper, bedroom walls. I’d wake up, chasing stories all around me: the bustle of the busy open market; the tiny cloud of dust that left the road; the constant flow of people passing by me – the sunlight 

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