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  • Kevin Lustik Needlepoint and Cross-Stitch

    Kips Bay Library
    August 4th, 2015 - October 1st, 2015

    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 eleven branches of the New York Public Library, including the Kips Bay 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 ›
  • Old San Juan by Alberto Bermudez Colon

    Bronx Library Center
    September 12th, 2015 - September 30th, 2015

    Alberto Bermudez Colon vision is to promote his Puerto Rican Heritage through the lens of his own eyes,   to share among the cultures of the world.  Each piece of work in the exhibit displays a history of more than five hundred years at the Old San Juan of Puerto Rico.



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  • Celebrating 90 Years of the Schomburg

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    September 29th, 2015 - September 30th, 2015

    One of four research centers at The New York Public Library, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is recognized as the world’s leading archive documenting the global black experience. Located in the heart of Harlem, the Schomburg’s beginnings reach back 90 years to the Harlem Renaissance, when African-American and Caribbean artists and thinkers—including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and W.E.B. Du Bois—transformed modern culture through contributions in literature, art, dance, music, and scholarship. 

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  • Beth Breakstone

    115th Street Library
    September 8th, 2015 - September 30th, 2015

    The technique of gouache ink resist is designed to resemble a woodcut. The drawings were done on Fabriano Artistico 140lb hot press in light pencil. The areas that are white were painted with white gouache or white poster paint. The black lines are India ink roughly painted over the pencil lines. The paintings were allowed to dry thoroughly for 24 hours and washed under running water. All works are finished with transparent watercolor washes.

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  • NANCY EVERS: Photographs

    Bloomingdale Library
    September 1st, 2015 - September 30th, 2015

    Nancy is happy to be presenting her third exhibit of photographs at The Bloomingdale Library.Read More ›
  • A Voyage in Visual Metaphors

    Aguilar Library
    August 1st, 2015 - September 30th, 2015

    Exhibit on 1st floor mezzanine

    The Months of August and September

    Art Show - Saturday August 29 & Saturday September 26 - 1-4:30pm!contact/c16fm

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  • Reflections: Rebecca and Sasha Rubenstein

    Mulberry Street Library
    July 13th, 2015 - September 12th, 2015

    Mother and daughter Rebecca and Sasha Rubenstein love to draw, paint, take photos and visit museums together. Sasha is four years old and she brings a unique perspective to her artwork; whether she’s drawing super heroes or taking photographs of their dog Weezy, there is joy and freshness in her work that reminds her mom of why at a young age she wanted to become an artist herself. Art remains a major part of Rebecca’s life these days, in conjunction with being a librarian and a writer.


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  • Sinatra: An American Icon

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

    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 legacy and was curated by the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE, in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Sinatra Family. Sinatra: An American Icon, presented in cooperation with the Sinatra Family, Frank Sinatra Enterprises and the Frank Sinatra Collection, USC School of Cinematic Arts, will feature never-before-seen photos, family mementos, rare correspondence, personal items, artwork and recordings. The exhibition's New York debut is presented in association with Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven.

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  • Remembering Trailblazing Scholar Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan (1918-2015)

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    May 14th, 2015 - August 31st, 2015

    Encased in our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division is a display on the late Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan. The Afrocentric scholar, author, and frequent Schomburg lecturer, who sadly passed away on March 19 this year, is memorialized in a new exhibit along with photos, personal correspondence, and covers of his most famous books such as Africa: Mother of Western Civilization and Cultural Genocide in the Black and African Studies Curriculum.    Read More ›
  • The Secret Life of the Clouds by Laura Alvarez

    Bronx Library Center
    August 1st, 2015 - August 31st, 2015

    Heritage Artist

    Laura Alvarez


    La Vida  Secreta de las Nubes

    The Secret Life of the Clouds

    Exhibit Opening Tour


    August 13, 2015

    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

    This exhibit will be on view from August 1-31, 2015 on the 4th floor. Please call in advance to arrange tours and group visits.

    The Secret Life of the Clouds by Laura Alvarez

    When you look at the sky, finding shapes in the clouds, you could never guess what resides above them. Birds building cities where they go rest at night, where they have fun and raise their families.

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