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Past Exhibitions

  • Always Spring (Siempre Primavera) by Artist Rosalba Henao

    Bronx Library Center
    April 1, 2015 to April 29, 2015

    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, after the hard, cold winter days. The techniques are varied, chalk pastel, acrylic, watercolor and sumi-e. 

    Bronx Library Center Latino & Puerto Rican Cultural Center/Puerto Rican heritage Gallery 4th floor on view from March 31-April 29, 2015 

    Exhibit Installation date:    Tuesday March 31, 2015

    Heritage Exhibit Opening   Thursday April 2, 2015 6pm

    Heritage Tour                     Thursday April 2, 2015 6pm

    Closing/Reception              Wednesday April 29, 2015 6pm

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  • Ner Beck: Street Photographs of Found Faces & Window Reflections from New York to Prague

    Riverside Library
    March 27, 2015 to April 29, 2015

    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 visual voices that seem to speak directly to you. You might ask yourself "What's going on here, are these things for real?"  That visual dilemma is what makes these photographs so intriguing.  Also included are prism-like reflections that appear to be collaged, but are randomly created when shop windows reflect and merge with other images mirrored from the opposite side of the street.  Anyone who loves to walk and visually wonder at the lost or hidden side of cities will definitely get a mind giggle from this exhibition of 30 photographs that might change the way you view city streets.

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  • The Rose Family Seder Books

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    March 27, 2015 to April 19, 2015

    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 presented to the Library’s Dorot Jewish Division by the Rose family in 2005. Artists and approaches represented in this decades-long collaboration range all the way from New York social realist Jack Levine to New York Review of Books caricaturist David Levine, including some of the most prominent American artists of the twentieth century. Many of the contributors were American Jewish artists, often from New York; some, from Saul Raskin and Leonard Baskin to Larry Rivers, were already famous for treating Jewish themes, while others, such as Seymour Chwast and Milton Glaser, were not.

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  • My Sister's Story: Female Artists Celebrate Women's History Month

    Jefferson Market Library
    March 4, 2015 to April 4, 2015

    Come celebrate with us in honor of Women's History Month! 

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

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    January 12, 2015 to April 1, 2015

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library present Big Open Book, a site-specific exhibition of a soft sculpture of an art history book, created by artist Patricia Dahlman. It is made from canvas, fabric, ribbon, thread, wire, and stuffing. The sculpture contains reproductions of the painting Just in Time by Elizabeth Murray and the painting Weeping Woman by Pablo Picasso. Big Open Book was created in appreciation of public art libraries and of two very influential artists. The exhibition is also a celebration of the beauty and vitality of Artists' Books on a large scale.Read More ›
  • Sunsets In The Sleepless City Puestas de Sol en la Ciudad Insomne with poet / artist Carmen D. Lucca

    Bronx Library Center
    March 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015

    Carmen D. Lucca is a performance poet-singer. She is President of the Association for Puerto Rican-Hispanic Culture, Inc. and the artistic producer of the Annual Rafael Hernandez’ Music Festival in New York City. She’s the producer-founder of ALMA SUBLIME (SUBLIME SOUL) a concert of Puerto Rican Danzas every year in May. Her work appears in several anthologies published in the United States and Ireland. Carmen D. Lucca’s ROSES in the MIRROR (1992) was the first bilingual collection of Julia De Burgos’poetry. Other books include Brushstrokes and Landscapes (poetry 1990), Maboiti-The Wood Carver (a children’s tale), Al Compas de una Vida; Memoir-Biography of Enrique Lucca, founder of LA SONORA PONCEÑA, Puerto Rico’s oldest dance band (2007), Carmen D. Lucca’s most recent book is The Sunset Watcher (poetry 2008). In addition to writing and lecturing, Carmen D. Lucca works with musicians fusing poetry and music in her performances. She is the recipient of the French Read More ›
  • Urban Telepathy

    Bloomingdale Library
    March 2, 2015 to March 31, 2015

    Artist Elias Arias aka ELDARADOE presents a collection of mulitimedia images that represent the city and its streets. Read More ›
  • BOBBI BECK’s Visual Voice. A staircase exhibition of autobiographical artworks

    St. Agnes Library
    February 4, 2015 to March 28, 2015

    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. Read More ›
  • Spellbound: A Celebration of Spelling

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    March 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015

    The New York Public Library, which has championed the written word for over a century, is celebrating the art of spelling the English language with the free popup display Spellbound: A Celebration of Spelling. The popup display is presented in honor of the 51st Annual New York Daily News Spelling Bee, which will be held at the Library for the first time this year. 

    The display will feature eight unique items spanning 200 years from the Library’s renowned research collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the Library for the Performing Arts and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

    The Library has also created NYPL's Surprisingly Tricky Online Spelling Bee for those who want to test their spelling acumen. Available at, contestants have ten seconds to select the correct spelling of ten exigent words. Exigent and acumen are not included.

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

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    December 10, 2014 to March 6, 2015

    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. Using Dickinson’s correspondence and poems, and the collections of The New York Public Library, this exhibit illustrates how Dickinson was able to use these experiences to fashion a unique musical identity that would ultimately serve to give voice to one of America’s most beloved poets.Read More ›

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