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Past Exhibitions

  • 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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  • 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 ›
  • Dialogue of Arts

    Bloomingdale Library
    June 11th, 2015 - August 31st, 2015

    This exhibition presents about 130 beautiful art works by students 5-11 years old from the Sun Circle Art Studio. It is dedicated to an art language of different countries and cultures such as Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, India, Italy and France.


    Elena Komissarova is a director and founder of Sun Circle  Art Studio on the Upper West Side.  With her students she explores their natural curiosity and love of life, appreciation of the beauty of our planet and the whole history of mankind. It is all being reflected in her student's art works. 


    Come see the art works on display in the Bloomingdale Library Children's Room.

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  • Everything in the Garden is Rosy by Scotto Mycklebust

    Jefferson Market Library
    August 1st, 2015 - August 31st, 2015


    Jefferson Market Library’s Little Underground Gallery is pleased to announce the premiere exhibition of new work by New York artist and Greenwich Village resident Scotto Mycklebust. “Everything in the Garden is Rosy,” curated by Linda DiGusta, will be on view from August 1-31, 2015, with a reception for the artist Tuesday, August 4 from 6–8 p.m.

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  • 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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  • NYCLondonHK / a Three-City Trilogy / Photographs by Hark Y , Artworks by Fong So

    Mulberry Street Library
    July 2nd, 2015 - August 30th, 2015


    The umbrella, a symbol of civil liberties in the 2014 Hong Kong pro-democracy Movement, links these three exhibitions in three of the world’s biggest cities. During the Hong Kong Occupy Movement in 2014, protesters used umbrellas to protect themselves from harmful pepper spray and tear-gas fumes. The two-month occupation of central Hong Kong to protest against government’s political “reform” plan has since been dubbed the Umbrella Movement. Civil liberties discussed during the Umbrella Movement prompted these exhibitions by Hong Kong journalists-turned artists Hark Yeung and Fong So

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  • The Genius of Geoffrey Holder

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    July 23rd, 2015 - August 29th, 2015

    Born and trained in Trinidad, Geoffrey Holderrevealed his genius in his long career in dance, theater, film, music, and art.   As a choreographer, designer, director and actor, Geoffrey Holder is well represented in all of the research and circulating collections of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.  The multi-media exhibition will cover his performing career, his Tony-award winning work as director and costume designer for The Wiz, and contributions to the repertory of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Presented in association with Lincoln Center Out of Doors. 

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  • Dreamy Views

    Ottendorfer Library
    July 27th, 2015 - August 28th, 2015

    Lola Saenz is a self-taught artist and believes in following her dreams: "To create artwork and share it with the world."

    Saenz has been working on a body of work that consists of her self-portraits and a New York City view series. Her paintings express her emotions, perceptions and pieces of her imagination. They express location and dislocation, loss and distortion. She sometimes uses poetry to complement her paintings. 

    The result is art that speaks all languages, and sings to spaces deep within each viewer, creating an environmnet in which feeling and responding are both comfortable and natural. This is art for more than the eye to see.

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