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  • URBANCOLORS: Photographs by Jack McDougle

    Aguilar Library
    June 15th, 2015 - July 31st, 2015

    Aguilar Library is showing a new exhibit of sixteen photographs by Jack McDougle capturing distinctive perspectives around the lower half of Manhattan.

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  • Embedded Memories by Drew Martin

    Hudson Park Library
    June 29th, 2015 - July 31st, 2015

    Embedded Memories is a show by the artist Drew Martin (b. 1969) about childhood dreams in the most literal sense. The work consists of three 4’x8’ panels of vintage sheets and pillowcases from his childhood with prints of Walt Disney characters, the Peanuts gang, Star Wars, Raggedy Ann and Andy, and the Bernard Kliban tabby cat with red sneakers. A fourth panel displays a Thomas the Tank Engine sheet and pillowcase from the early childhood of his own kids.From a graphics point of view Martin has always appreciated the scale, imagery and daily exposure of these linen prints. Psychologically, he likes how they are part of our culture’s “sweet dreams” send off each night for little kids separated from their families by the dark solitude of the night.

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  • Judith Meyerowitz: Photographs

    Jefferson Market Library
    July 1st, 2015 - July 31st, 2015

    Judith Meyerowitz is a digital photographer of nature landscapes with an interest in water, barks, reflections and refractions.  She has exhibited at galleries in NYC and NJ, including:  Jeffrey Leder Gallery, Salmagundi Club, Pen and Brush Gallery, Joe’s Café,  Visual Arts Center of  New Jersey, curated by Joan Young of the Guggenheim Museum, and Soho Photo Gallery which was a National Competition curated by Forest Old.

    Her work is currently in ‘Mudfish 16-Art & Poetry’ a journal published by Box Turtle Press.  Her photograph, Rain on Sheridan Square, is the cover for David Eye’s book, Rain Leaping Up When a Cab Goes Past.

    Meyerowitz's  photographs are also in many private collections.

    Exhibit located downstairs in our Little Underground Gallery!

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  • Kevin Lustik Needlepoint and Cross-Stitch

    115th Street Library
    July 1st, 2015 - July 30th, 2015

    Kevin Lustik Needlepoint and Cross-Stitch 


    Kevin Lustik is a self-taught New York artist who has been sewing for more than 30 years, and his work was recently chosen for display by six branches of the New York Public Library, including the 115th Street Branch. 

      Unlike most artists who use traditional oils, watercolors, or clay, Kevin chose to employ needlepoint and cross-stitch to express his creativity. His paints are yarn and thread. His brush is a needle. And his canvas is cloth.     Kevin also created an original technique of embroidering yarn and thread into found photographs. Read More ›
  • Between the Flowers and the sea by Artist Estefania Velez

    Bronx Library Center
    July 13th, 2015 - July 30th, 2015

    Ms. Velez’ soothing watercolors deal predominately with the natural in order to convey

     how the natural world has been a source of comfort, color, and wonder throughout her life

       and her experiences in three countries that are, in some ways, worlds apart. 

    This exhibit will be on view from July 1-30, 2015   4th floor

    Please call in advance to arrange tours and group visits.

    Estefanía Vélez

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  • Celebrating Marriage Equality

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    June 26th, 2015 - July 14th, 2015

    The New York Public Library recognizes the Supreme Court's June 26, 2015 ruling on the constitutionality of marriage equality with an exhibition on the history of LGBT relationships. 

    The struggle for marriage equality in the United States had its roots in the gay liberation movements that emerged in the 1970s. That generation of pioneering activists dared to openly challenge existing laws and prejudices with actions that their predecessors had not even imagined. But the fight for marriage equality did not gain widespread momentum until the 1990s, when increasing numbers of LGBT couples faced legal challenges to raising families, caring for ill loved ones, and making end-of-life preparations.

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  • Sparking the Revolution

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    June 26th, 2015 - July 13th, 2015

    This year marks the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act, a watershed event that helped foster the American Revolution. The New York Public Library commemorates the anniversary and honors the Fourth of July season with a display that charts the founding of the United States of America, curated entirely from the Library's collections.

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  • The Slave Route

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    May 20th, 2015 - July 9th, 2015

    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 Organization’s worldwide initiative “to break the silence” about the slave trade and slavery. From shackles to a runaway slave advertisement, from letters by Toussaint L'Ouverture and Frederick Douglass to a bill of sale from Peru for an eighteen-year old newly arrived African, these items from our collections trace or symbolize some of the routes taken by Africans in the Americas. To learn more about the slave trade and slavery, please visit:

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  • Parade by Paul Adrian Davies

    Ottendorfer Library
    May 26th, 2015 - July 6th, 2015

    Ottendorfer is proud to present Parade,  a photographic exhibition by Paul Adrian Davies. 

    Parades are a celebration of cultural identity and aaffirm what makes a community unique. New York is home to more parades than any other place in the world with over forty different parades held in the city each year. They range from the Nigerian Parade to the Norwegian Parade, from the Memorial Day Parade to the Mermaid Parade, and from the Bolivian Parade to the Brazilian Parade. Together these parades stand as a testament to the city's multiculturalism and diversity.

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  • Lucia Chase: A Legacy of Dance

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    May 13th, 2015 - July 4th, 2015


               For three quarters of a century, American Ballet Theatre has been recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world, showcasing many of the finest dancers and choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Recognized by an act of Congress as America’s National Ballet Company, ABT has performed in all 50 states and serves as a cultural ambassador on its many international tours. For 75 years, ABT has stood as a pioneer in American dance. American Ballet Theatre's 2015 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House, May 11-July 4, 2015, celebrates the Company's 75 glorious years with programs that showcase its rich heritage.  


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