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Past Exhibitions

  • Picturing Riverdale: A Community Photo Essay

    Riverdale Library
    May 21st, 2015 - June 9th, 2015

    This exhibit is a pictorial essay of Riverdale as seen through the images captured by those who work live or play in our community. The images depict the everyday scenes that we encounter and often wish to share with others. It is a celebration of unexpected moments that are often taken for granted

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  • The Ancestors in our Hearts / Tanya Torres, Artist

    Bronx Library Center
    May 1st, 2015 - May 30th, 2015

    Exhibit Description: The Ancestors in Our Hearts explores two important elements of Puerto Rican cultural heritage: the Taíno symbols and the black dolls. The Taíno symbols, as interpreted by Tanya Torres and the black dolls as passed on to Mercedes Molina by her mother, are two examples of how both of these beloved cultural symbols continue to evolve and survive today in NYC in the hands of artists and artisans. The exhibition presents a series of paintings featuring Taíno symbols by Tanya Torres and several examples of the spiritual dolls of Mercedes Molina, each object in its own way functioning as a reminder of how history and culture regenerate and survive as they continue to be loved and carried in the human heart.

    Workshop Description: Taíno-Abstract Painting Workshop

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  • Praise be unto our Mothers: Art by Thaemas Maharriyum

    Inwood Library
    May 4th, 2015 - May 29th, 2015

    Thaemas A. Maharriym was born in Manhattan. He has been doing calligraphy forover twenty years. His art was display  on Connecticut Cable T.V. and at the YMHA here in Inwood. Master Du, a leading professor of art, praised Thaemas's art as original and refreshing. 

    Thaemas began writing poetry when he was a teenager and has continued to do so throughout his life. He has one book of poetry published entitled Love Comunings Soul Emgracings with the Spirit of the Unborn Child. 

    The art on display in Inwood Library is a tribute to motherhood. Poetry, calligraphy and art are united to celebrate the endless caring, work and love of our mothers. Motherhood is endless caring, work and love.

    Praise be unto our mothers!

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  • Memorial Day Portraits- Artwork by Children

    South Beach Library
    May 19th, 2015 - May 29th, 2015

    ​Children from Orange Line Studio, a neighborhood art studio for children, share stories and portraits of their grandparents and great grandparents in honor of Memorial Day and to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II. The portraits are on display from May 19, 2015 through May 29, 2015 at the South Beach Library.

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  • Barbara Madsen | Plastic Age: Sculpture and Video | Art in the Windows Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    March 3rd, 2015 - May 21st, 2015

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library present Plastic Age: Video Sculpture a site-specific exhibition of sculpture and video by artist, and art Professor Barbara Madsen. 

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  • Barbara Madsen | Plastic Age: IN/OUT | Art in the Corner Room Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    February 2nd, 2015 - May 21st, 2015

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library present Plastic Age: IN/OUT a site-specific exhibition of photographs and a sculptural installation by artist and educator Barbara Madsen. Her work is a hybrid practice between photography, print and sculpture. Read More ›
  • Details: New Paintings by Klay-James Enos

    Ottendorfer Library
    March 19th, 2015 - May 18th, 2015

    Klay-James Enos' paintings straddle the line between the fundamentals of digital imaging and abstract painting. The "Detail" paintings refer to the extreme close-ups of the photographs they were sampled from. These paintings differ from Enos' previous work in scale and subject matter, but they adopt the same style of using compositional structure to reframe abstract painting. Where the grid was used a method for painting figuarative subject matter with abstraction as a technique, the "Detail" paintings exploit that structure as a compositional strategy for abstract painting. 


    Enos is an East Village native. He graduated with a B.A. from Alfred University in 2012, where he studied English literature and art history. Enos has been featured in New York City group shows at Theater for the New City, the Tompkins Square Library Gallery, and Michael Mut Project Space. In 2013 and 2014, his works was included in the LES Festival of the Arts.

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  • Celebrating Carnegie’s Gift to New Yorkers: More Than a Century of NYC's Neighborhood Libraries

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    April 25th, 2015 - May 10th, 2015

    The New York Public Library is proud to honor Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919), the visionary philanthropist whose gift of $5,200,000 toward the building of branch libraries in New York City helped guarantee that every New Yorker has access to a library in his or her neighborhood. Spurred on by Carnegie’s historic philanthropy, on April 26, 1901, the New York State Legislature passed an act empowering the City of New York to build a system of free circulating libraries that today numbers 217 branches across NYC’s five boroughs.

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  • harlem is... Theater

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    February 4th, 2015 - May 2nd, 2015

    Originating in 2005, Community Works’ award-winning harlem is. . . Theater is a multimedia exhibition that tells the story of nearly 200 years of Black Theater in Harlem and New York City and celebrates both the early black theaters and those that continue building the legacy. Through exhibits, memorabilia, photos, film and original artwork, the exhibition tells of the theaters that bloomed and survived, the people who were driven to keep them vital, and the explosion of Black Theater productions that marked the 1960s and continues to this day. Read More ›
  • Audrey Rodriguez - paintings and drawings

    115th Street Library
    April 3rd, 2015 - April 30th, 2015

    Audrey Rodriguez is from Brownsville, Texas.  She describes her work: “I found my artistic voice after witnessing the inhumane treatment of Central American and Mexican immigrants at the hands of U.S. Border Patrol officers.”   In New York (she.. studies) under Jacob Collins at Grand Central Atelier, concentrating on the human figure.  Another focus is “ the study of nature through direct observation…to communicate my ideas more effectively. ...Nature holds the truth, and truth is beauty”. 

    Please visit our 1st floor gallery to see Audrey’s unique work. A reception will be held Saturday April 25th from 2 – 4 PM


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