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  • Party Everywhere

    Ottendorfer Library
    November 30th, 2015 - January 23rd, 2016

    “Imagine civic engagement as a party.”   — from Party Everywhere by Jeffrey Cyphers Wright          Jeffrey Cyphers Wright crosses artistic boundaries in Party Everywhere, a graphic poem as well as a series of visual works. Like a modern pied piper, the bon vivant protagonist leads us from “The Library” and “KGB” to the “Tin Palace” and the “Rodeo Bar.” East Village history is mixed into a frothy narrative filled with evocative drinks, poetic homages and political advocacy. We romp from a pawnshop to a community garden to a party meeting in hot pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Rebellious, Romantic, and savvy — the poem offers an authentic, well-developed display of optimistic hipness.   Read More ›

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    October 2nd, 2015 - January 16th, 2016

    To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center in Lincoln Center will present the free multimedia exhibition Alice Live! The exhibition will trace the history of Lewis Carroll’s beloved Alice stories in live performance from their first professional staging to the present day.

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  • Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    October 1st, 2015 - January 16th, 2016

    Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination is sure to satisfy the sci-fi/fantasy nerd in all of us. Curated by artist John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson, this exhibition includes artifacts from the Schomburg collections that are connected to Afrofuturism, black speculative imagination and Diasporan cultural production. Offering a fresh perspective on the power of speculative imagination and the struggle for various freedoms of expression in popular culture, Unveiling Visions showcases illustrations and other graphics that highlight those popularly found in science fiction, magical realism and fantasy. Items on display include film posters, comics, t-shirts, magazines, CD covers, playbills, religious literature, and more.

    The exhibition galleries are open Monday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., unless there is a previously scheduled program or event at the same time and preventing access to the space. 

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  • Amelia Coulter | Gifts New York Gave Me | Art in the Windows Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    December 1st, 2015 - January 14th, 2016

    On view day and night

    The Art and Picture Collections present an evolving site-specific exhibition by artist and culiniarian Amelia Coulter. The famed sugar cookies examine Coulter's New York City experiences as she uses iconography and a narrative format to tell a story of love, difficulty, surprises, education, history and gratitude. The edible sugar sculptures represent some of the gifts that New York has given the artist during her ten years of living in the city.

    Acclaimed film director Allen Coulter joins Amelia Coulter for An Artist Dialogue on Saturday December 19th at 2:30 p.m. inside the Corner room.

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  • Symphony Space A Cultural Town Square

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    October 14th, 2015 - January 9th, 2016

    For almost four decades, Symphony Space has defied easy categorization, carving out an identity all of its own — yet one that also embodies the spirit of the surrounding Upper West Side. Dubbed “a cultural town square” by founder and longtime Artistic Director Isaiah Sheffer, Symphony Space has always been a gathering place for artists and audiences, a place that embraces a glorious multiplicity of cultural activities. At no other theatre in town is one likely to encounter back-to-back performances ranging from James Joyce to world music, from children’s theatre to Selected Shorts, the literary series for which the theatre is widely known.

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  • Head Shots: Performer Portraits from Daguerreotype to Digital

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    May 28th, 2015 - January 6th, 2016

    What is a “head shot”, and what would the performing arts be without it? As long as there has been photography, performers have used portraits to represent themselves for casting and promotion. The Library for the Performing Arts holds over 1,000,000 head shots in historical, modern, and digital formats. Unique archival collections from casting agencies, production offices, and publicists reveal the process of finding the right performer for each role. Visitors will see how images are posed, taken, and selected and understand how every step contributes to the very pragmatic aims of employment and publicity.

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  • Hermes Payrhuber | To the People of New York | Art in the Corner Room Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    August 8th, 2015 - January 5th, 2016

    Unless there is a program or event the Corner Room, hours are the same as Mid-Manhattan Library hours.

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library present To the People of New York: Catalogue Raisonné – Exotic Ghost Stories for Adults, a site-specific exhibition of sculptural reliefs, free standing pieces and photographs by artist Hermes Payrhuber. The work is an "insouciant refutation" of the separation between painting and sculpture as well as a merging of the most distinct elements of each medium. The works are sculpted out of Plaster of Paris, cardboard and painted with vivid colors, silver and gold leaves. This exhibition attempts to reconfigure the raw material of memory in order to draw attention to the various ways that we narrate our personal and collective history.

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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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