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  • Susan Bee | The Challenge of Painting | Art Wall on Third Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    April 9th, 2015 - August 20th, 2015

    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 stills and her use of genre paintings from the 1800s.

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  • Barbara Madsen | Plastic Age: Further Removed | Photo Walls in Picture Collection Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    March 2nd, 2015 - August 17th, 2015

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library present Plastic Age: Further Removed a site-specific exhibition of photographs by artist, and art Professor Barbara Madsen. Her collections of cast off industrial matter of spark plugs, machine parts, welding masks, light switches, rubber, plastic, prosthetics, artificial eyes, and much more serve as Dadaist fodder.Read More ›
  • Curators' Choice: Black Life Matters

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    February 2nd, 2015 - August 15th, 2015

    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 presents selections that engage audiences with the rich matter of black life and cultural production—from documentary films to children’s books, from handwritten letters to historical audio recordings and LPs, from photographs to lithographs, and much more.Read More ›
  • Over Here: WWI and the Fight for the American Mind

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    July 28th, 2014 - August 15th, 2015

    Drawing from collections across The New York Public Library, Over Here: WWI and the Fight for the American Mind explores the manner in which public relations, propaganda, and mass media in its many forms were used to shape and control public opinion about the war while also noting social and political issues that continue to resonate, such as freedom of speech and the press, xenophobia, and domestic espionage.Read More ›
  • 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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