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  • NATURAL SCULPTURES: Works of Art forged by the Forces of Nature

    Bronx Library Center
    January 6, 2015 to February 9, 2015

    Natural Sculptures: Works of Art forged by the Forces of Nature - photographs by Earland S. Benjamin

    This collection of photographs highlights the artistic aspect of NATURAL FORCES. As an artist Earland S. Benjamin motivates viewers to imagine and enjoy a worldwide journey full of discoveries.

    He maintains his interest in art and sees photography as a quick and efficient way of capturing experiences and artistically preserving them for posterity.

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  • “Somebody Come and Play:” 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, and Kinder

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    September 18, 2014 to January 31, 2015

    Come play and discover things you never knew about everyone’s favorite street, Sesame Street! A collaboration of Sesame Workshop and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, this exhibition gives fans of all ages the opportunity to experience what it’s like to create an episode of show, as well as get close to their fuzzy and furry Sesame Street friends. Read More ›
  • Collages & Hand-made Books by Yarisa Colón Torres

    Bronx Library Center
    December 5, 2014 to January 31, 2015

    Bronx Library Center Latino & Puerto Rican Cultural Center Puerto Rican Heritage Gallery Invites you to Collages & Hand-made Books by Yarisa Colón Torres Exhibit will be on view from December 5, 2014 - January 31, 2015 Opening Tour: Thursday December 11, 2014, at 7pm; Closing Tour:  Saturday January 24, 2015 at 4pm. For information regarding other tours, please call or check with staff at the 4th floor Reference desk. RSVP requested: 718-579-4257.​

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  • Tamara Porras "Insatiate"

    Riverside Library
    December 6, 2014 to January 31, 2015

    Artist Tamara Porras "Insatiate"


    We eat to feel nourished. We eat to feel pleasure. We eat to feel love. We eat to feel. Insatiate explores the cognitive dissonance between social norms of eating and my inner relationship with food consumption. The photographs externalize the internal, pulling back the curtain on my mental relationship with food: the obsession, the desire, the love, the dependency, the shame, the deeply secret. As a social norm, eating is a polite exchange or one of appreciation. Eating is controlled; food is sustenance and to be enjoyed with moderation. 


    The public experience is never truly representative of the mental obsession with overconsumption and insatiation. Feeling insatiable is at the core of an obsessive act, regardless of what is being consumed. With food, the public and private are intertwined - whether eating in bed or at a table - retains the reservations and normals of public eating. 


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  • Broadway Revealed: Photographs by Stephen Joseph Behind the Theater Curtain

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    November 8, 2014 to January 31, 2015

    The exhibition was organized by Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts,  Walnut Creek, CA


    With its elaborate stages and celebrity casts, New York’s Broadway theater district is one of the most popular destinations in the United States, drawing more than 11 million visitors annually from around the world. When we hear the word “Broadway,” we remember the stars, the costumes, the sets, and the stories. But who are the people behind these magical performances? 

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  • NER BECK: Street Art, New York to Prague

    St. Agnes Library
    December 3, 2014 to January 30, 2015

    Photographer and longtime Upper West Sider Ner Beck, who has over the years captured window reflections and found faces exclusively in NYC, recently spent some time in the magical city of Prague. The similarities and contrasts existing between Gotham and Praha, both centuries and miles apart, should be of interest to anyone who enjoys their own visual street strolling with their camera or eyes. In a recent interview he described his process. “My fascination with window reflections has been that as you pass these glass canvases the reflections from the opposite side of the street are constantly affecting, shifting and recomposing the images on the window you are viewing. Found faces discovered in inanimate objects has become my other daily obsession. With all my work I have always found city streets to be an ever-changing art show that is being rearranged or repainted daily by the people of these cities.”   Read More ›
  • Peter Bynum | Illuminated Paint | Art in the Windows Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    December 2, 2014 to January 25, 2015

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library are pleased to present two exhibitions, by artist Peter Bynum, created specifically for Art in the Corner Room and Art in the Windows exhibitions series.  Painters have long explored the physical limits of paint. Peter Bynum opens new territory for painting by exposing paint’s intrinsic branching behavior, and then illuminating the complex nervous system it creates.

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  • Peter Bynum | Illuminated Paint | Art in the Corner Room Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    August 1, 2014 to January 25, 2015

    Illuminated Paint is a site-specific exhibition of seventeen illuminated paintings on glass by artist Peter Bynum. Painters have long explored the physical limits of paint. Peter Bynum opens new territory for painting by exposing paint’s intrinsic branching behavior, and then illuminating the complex nervous system it creates.Read More ›
  • Parable by Kristin Casaletto

    Muhlenberg Library
    October 16, 2014 to January 16, 2015

    Parable, hand-pulled prints and monumentally scaled works by Kristin Casaletto will be on exhibit at the New York Public Library’s Muhlenberg branch, 209 W. 23rd Oct. 16, 2014, through Jan. 16, 2015. An opening reception will be held Oct. 16 from 6-8 p.m.

    Parable features artwork from Mississippi Voices, a series of powerful woodcuts and etchings in which themes of violence, racism, resiliency, and spirituality emerged from hundreds of oral history interviews conducted in Mississippi. 

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  • An Exhibit of Paintings by Koho School of Sumi-e

    Jefferson Market Library
    December 12, 2014 to January 9, 2015

    Sumi-e is a 2000-year-old Japanese art form spiritually rooted in Zen Buddhism.  The early practitioners of this art were monks who dedicated themselves to this art form as a spiritual exploration of themselves and the world around them. Traditionally, Sumi-e artists refrained from using colors as a reflection of Zen’s simplicity and its natural way of exploring the world.  Each brush stroke is a separate entity, and there is no room for errors.  It is said that one may be able to discern the quality of the mind by looking at the quality of the stroke. Sumi-e art may seem very simple at first glance, but on the contrary it is one of the toughest art forms which requires rigorous discipline and years of practice to master it.

    This exhibit is presented in our lower level Art Gallery.


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