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  • Michael Palladino | Vortex | Art Wall on Third Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    September 10th, 2015 - January 4th, 2016

    The Art and Picture Collections present Vortex, two site-specific exhibitions of the same title, created by artist and designer Michael Palladino along time user of the Picture Collection. Palladino's Art Wall on Third exhibition features his wood relief murals with whitewash and encaustic wax leading to his Photo Walls in Picture Collection exhibition of enhanced digital photographs with encaustic wax, mounted on wooden trays. 

    The series Vortex is influenced by the Ether series an earlier body of work by Palladino. Both series contemplate atmospheric gasses that can be viewed as either ethereal or toxic. 

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  • A Writer's Christmas: Dickens & More

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    November 24th, 2015 - January 4th, 2016

    The arrival of Christmas evokes a range of feelings in most of us—from intense nostalgia, to playful whimsy, to high seriousness, to simple joy. In this respect, great writers are no different. Now on display, from the Library's Berg Collection of English and American Literature, are examples of several different kinds of “holiday spirit” expressed by a small group of literary luminaries. Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, a fable of personal redemption and social reform, became a Christmas favorite since its initial appearance in 1843. Some of the other expressions of Christmas sentiment displayed here are more idiosyncratic.

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  • Where Imagination and Observed Reality Come Together

    South Beach Library
    December 4th, 2015 - January 4th, 2016

    Check out this exhibit that features artwork that was created by children from Orange Line Studio, a neighborhood art studio for children.

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  • Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    December 12th, 2014 - January 3rd, 2016

    Thanks to the development of new technology and social media, more photographs are created, viewed, and shared today than ever before. Public Eye, the first-ever retrospective survey of photography organized by NYPL, takes advantage of this moment to reframe the way we look at photographs from the past. Ranging from photography’s official announcement in 1839 to manifestations of its current pervasiveness, this landmark exhibition, drawn entirely from the Library’s collections, explores the various ways in which photography has been shared and made public.Read More ›
  • Black Suburbia: From Levittown to Ferguson

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    October 1st, 2015 - January 2nd, 2016

    What do the suburbs teach us about the black experience, family ideals, community and racial identity? How is the myth of the American Dream complicated by the African American suburban experience? These and other questions are explored in our new exhibition, Black Suburbia: From Levittown to Ferguson, co-presented by The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University and curated by James Levy of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. This exhibition travels through Hempstead, New York; Shaker Heights, Ohio; Compton and Baldwin Hills, California; and other American suburbs. The collection features photographs, letters, property deeds, personal interviews, artifacts and compelling archival film footage that trace a twentieth century narrative of migration and community building that reveals a rich tapestry of contradictions and the persistence of hope.

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  • Abstractions: New Works

    Inwood Library
    November 10th, 2015 - December 31st, 2015

    Abstractions:New Works

    Come and enjoy new works by Inwood artist Amy Bikoff.   Meet the Artist at a reception on Sunday, December 6 from 2-4pm. 

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    Aguilar Library
    December 1st, 2015 - December 31st, 2015


    Art Show: Saturday December 19 - 1:30 to 4pm - Aguilar Branch Library - 3rd floor community room

    Are you an abstract art enthusiast? Do you love fun vibrant pieces? Come to Aguilar Library from December 1-December 31 2015 to view Masiel Bryson’s collection “Fruity Soul”.  Masiel Bryson was born September 30, 1990 from Dominican parents. Struggling with depression she created colorful youthful pieces to distract herself from what she was feeling. This is how her collection “Fruity Soul” came to be and she is very proud to share it with you all. This exhibit is for everyone and is sure to satisfy a variety of moods and styles. Masiel has an art studio in the Bronx where she makes custom pieces.


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  • Art Luminaries

    115th Street Library
    December 30th, 2014 - December 31st, 2015

    Art Luminaries features large size photographs of Harlem Renaissance greats on display.Read More ›
  • Lost Terminals

    Mulberry Street Library
    November 9th, 2015 - December 31st, 2015

    On view at the Mulberry Street Library through the end of December 2015 is Fernanda Rocha's photography exhibit Lost Terminals. Lost Terminals uses mythical locations as metaphor to explore memory, forgetting and imagination. The quest for an intended destination has no end. The holy grail we seek is one of myth: we are always searching and never finding.  

    Fernanda Rocha is a Brazilian-born photograhic artist currently based in Miami. 

    Join us for an opening and reception for Lost Terminals on Monday November 9th, 2015. 

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  • Pictures From Our Past

    Fort Washington Library
    June 5th, 2015 - December 31st, 2015

    Currently on view at the Fort Washington Library, Pictures From Our Past: This is Washington Heights & Inwood! is an exhibition of selected historical images of Northern Manhattan, from West 155th to 212th Streets.  

    This 1925 photo depicts a southwest view from Hudson View Gardens, located between 182nd and 185th Streets. The castle in view was home to Charles Paterno, a doctor and real estate developer who later demolished it to make way for Castle Village. Many similar images in this exhibition present a pictorial essay of Washington Heights and Inwood during the early twentieth century, a time of rapid development for the area. The photographs, and one lithograph, are drawn from the over 800,000 images in the NYPL Digital Collections.

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