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  • Trans-Siberia: Views from the Dining Car by Kathy Creutzburg

    Ottendorfer Library
    December 18th, 2014 - February 26th, 2015

    In 2013, artist Kathy Creutzburg was invited to travel through Russia, Mongolia and China via the Trans-Siberian railroad. The journey included many days in a compact sleeping car, and made many stops between Moscow and Beijing. After first touring St. Petersburg, Kathy, accompanied by her mother Kay Johnson, boarded the overnight train connecting St. Petersburg to Moscow. Their initial stops included many of Russia's finest cultural institutions, such as the Hermitage and Tretyakov Gallery.

    They then boarded the train with a group of teachers, and went over the Erytysa River, through the Urals mountains, which separate Europe from Asia, and made a stop in Irkutsk, the capitol of Siberia. Irkutsk is the infamous dumping ground for historic Russia's counterculture and dissidents. A surprisingly lovely place, it is near to the world's largest freshwater take, Lake Baikail. Lake Baikail is the vacation destination for many Asians who live in or near Siberia.

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  • Before The Garden: An exhibit of photographs by Darleen Rubin

    Jefferson Market Library
    January 29th, 2015 - February 25th, 2015

    Before The Garden:   An exhibit of photographs by Darleen Rubin

    In 1877 The Jefferson Market Library opened its doors as The Jefferson Market Courthouse (we didn’t become a library until 1967).  And the gorgeous Garden next door to us?  In 1877 that land held a prison and a market building.  In the late 1920s the old prison was demolished and the first Art Deco detention facility was erected in its place.  This prison - The Women’s House of Detention – was female only, as the courthouse by the late 1920s tried primarily only women’s cases. 

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  • Qiana Mestrich | Inherited Patterns | Photo Walls in Picture Collection Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    September 3rd, 2014 - February 22nd, 2015

    Inherited Patterns, by artist, writer, and mother Qiana Mestrich, is a new series of photo-based work. The foundation of Inherited Patterns is B&W images used in public relations and marketing campaigns for DuPont's Qiana® fabric. The color “swatches” are actual mug shots of women named Qiana that the artist found online. Each image is printed on Tyvek®, a recyclable DuPont™ material.Read More ›
  • Sublime: The Prints of J. M. W. Turner and Thomas Moran

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    October 17th, 2014 - February 15th, 2015

    Sublime: The Prints of J. M. W. Turner and Thomas Moran showcases the landscapes of two innovative contemporaries, both of whom sought to evoke qualities of the sublime through their expressive depictions of nature. Shown in adjoining galleries, the exhibition offers an unprecedented opportunity to experience side by side the British and American artists’ often complementary and sometimes divergent works.Read More ›
  • NATURAL SCULPTURES: Works of Art forged by the Forces of Nature

    Bronx Library Center
    January 6th, 2015 - February 9th, 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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  • 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 8th, 2014 - January 31st, 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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  • Collages & Hand-made Books by Yarisa Colón Torres

    Bronx Library Center
    December 5th, 2014 - January 31st, 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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  • “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 18th, 2014 - January 31st, 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 ›
  • Tamara Porras "Insatiate"

    Riverside Library
    December 6th, 2014 - January 31st, 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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  • NER BECK: Street Art, New York to Prague

    St. Agnes Library
    December 3rd, 2014 - January 30th, 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 ›

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