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Past Exhibitions

  • Sparking the Revolution

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    June 26th, 2015 - July 13th, 2015

    This year marks the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act, a watershed event that helped foster the American Revolution. The New York Public Library commemorates the anniversary and honors the Fourth of July season with a display that charts the founding of the United States of America, curated entirely from the Library's collections.

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  • The Slave Route

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    May 20th, 2015 - July 9th, 2015

    The Schomburg Center’s Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery presents The Slave Route, a flash display of artifacts, documents, and photographs marking the 20th anniversary of The Slave Route Project, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s worldwide initiative “to break the silence” about the slave trade and slavery. From shackles to a runaway slave advertisement, from letters by Toussaint L'Ouverture and Frederick Douglass to a bill of sale from Peru for an eighteen-year old newly arrived African, these items from our collections trace or symbolize some of the routes taken by Africans in the Americas. To learn more about the slave trade and slavery, please visit:

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  • Parade by Paul Adrian Davies

    Ottendorfer Library
    May 26th, 2015 - July 6th, 2015

    Ottendorfer is proud to present Parade,  a photographic exhibition by Paul Adrian Davies. 

    Parades are a celebration of cultural identity and aaffirm what makes a community unique. New York is home to more parades than any other place in the world with over forty different parades held in the city each year. They range from the Nigerian Parade to the Norwegian Parade, from the Memorial Day Parade to the Mermaid Parade, and from the Bolivian Parade to the Brazilian Parade. Together these parades stand as a testament to the city's multiculturalism and diversity.

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  • Lucia Chase: A Legacy of Dance

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    May 13th, 2015 - July 4th, 2015


               For three quarters of a century, American Ballet Theatre has been recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world, showcasing many of the finest dancers and choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Recognized by an act of Congress as America’s National Ballet Company, ABT has performed in all 50 states and serves as a cultural ambassador on its many international tours. For 75 years, ABT has stood as a pioneer in American dance. American Ballet Theatre's 2015 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House, May 11-July 4, 2015, celebrates the Company's 75 glorious years with programs that showcase its rich heritage.  


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  • William Meyers: Outer Boroughs

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    March 27th, 2015 - June 30th, 2015

    Photography’s longtime love affair with New York City has typically been centered on Manhattan, rather than on any of the city’s four other boroughs, the “outer boroughs.” For nearly two decades, between 1990 and 2008, William Meyers sought to correct this imbalance by taking his camera to overlooked and underexplored locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. The photographs in this exhibition represent Meyers’s selection of images from that project, printed as a portfolio and acquired by The New York Public Library in 2008. Organized visually rather than thematically or geographically, the images are meant to be encountered as the photographer did himself—“as a curious pedestrian willing to be surprised as he wanders the streets and boulevards of his city.” The photographs, the earliest of which were taken twenty-five years ago, also stand as visual reminders of New York City’s constant evolution.

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  • Evidence of Process

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

    A West Sider for many years, Rand Huebsch is a printmaker and has taught at the Center for Books Arts and the New York Public Library. He has experimented with many forms of etching and written for such arts publications as the British quarterly "Printmaking Today." His prints and artist books are in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Cambridge University Library, among others.

    Rand will be teaching a rubber stamp making class at Bloomingdale on June 27th at 2pm.



    This show is in memory of Michael Durbin.


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  • Manhattan Pairs: Photographs by David Penner

    Mulberry Street Library
    June 3rd, 2015 - June 29th, 2015

    On view at the Mulberry Street Library from June 3rd–June 29th, 2015 in the Community Room, is the photographic series, "Manhattan Pairs" by David Penner. From the artist: "These photos are a collection of pairs taken in Manhattan, NYC. Their closeness with one another allowed me to gain their trust more easily, as opposed to a stranger who was alone. Their intimacy also allowed me to capture what one might call a double portrait, where two souls are united, and drawn together in a unique and timeless way."Read More ›
  • Original Arts & Crafts by Marion L. Hughes

    Allerton Library
    May 12th, 2015 - June 29th, 2015

    Come view the work & talent of local Bronx Artist Marion L. Hughes. The exhibit will be displayed at the Allerton library located at 2740 Barnes Avenue between Allerton & Arnow Avenues from Tuesday, May 12th to  Monday, June 29th. For more information, contact us at 718-881-4240.

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  • Love, Masks, and Flowers - Paintings by Rossella 'Blue' Mocerino

    Mulberry Street Library
    March 4th, 2015 - June 27th, 2015

    Love, Masks & Flowers 

    Paintings by Rossella BLUE Mocerino Mulberry Street Library 10 Jersey Street (between Lafayette & Mulberry St.) March 4 - ­June 27, 2015 Opening Reception March 9 from 5 - 6:45 PM


    Exhibition  is displayed on Lower Level 2 and Ground Floor.

    Library Hours Mon 12 -7 Tuesday 10 - 6 Wed 12 - 7 Thurs 10 - 6 Fri 10 - 5 Sat 10 - 5  Phone: 212-966-3424

     Artist will be present for the opening. 

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  • BOBBI BECK's Mind Collages: An exhibition of autobiographical artworks

    Riverside Library
    May 18th, 2015 - June 27th, 2015

    Now through June 27, 2015

    BOBBI BECK's Mind Collages: Art Exhibition of autobiographical artworks

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