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  • Spellbound: A Celebration of Spelling

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    March 6th, 2015 - March 17th, 2015

    The New York Public Library, which has championed the written word for over a century, is celebrating the art of spelling the English language with the free popup display Spellbound: A Celebration of Spelling. The popup display is presented in honor of the 51st Annual New York Daily News Spelling Bee, which will be held at the Library for the first time this year. 

    The display will feature eight unique items spanning 200 years from the Library’s renowned research collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the Library for the Performing Arts and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

    The Library has also created NYPL's Surprisingly Tricky Online Spelling Bee for those who want to test their spelling acumen. Available at, contestants have ten seconds to select the correct spelling of ten exigent words. Exigent and acumen are not included.

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  • "My Business is to Sing" Emily Dickinson: Musician and Poet

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    December 10th, 2014 - March 6th, 2015

    The daily musical activities of poet Emily Dickinson (1830–86) — home performances at the piano, collecting sheet music, and attending concerts— reveal a great deal about the cultural offerings available to a woman of her time, place, and class. Using Dickinson’s correspondence and poems, and the collections of The New York Public Library, this exhibit illustrates how Dickinson was able to use these experiences to fashion a unique musical identity that would ultimately serve to give voice to one of America’s most beloved poets.Read More ›
  • Becoming The Man in the White Suit: The Tom Wolfe Papers

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    February 13th, 2015 - March 1st, 2015

    Get a first look at highlights from the impressive archive of author, journalist, and cultural commentator Tom Wolfe in a free display at The New York Public Library.  The display features nearly two dozen selections from the archive, which was acquired by the Library in 2013. Among the items displayed are:

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  • Wearable Art with Self-taught Mixed Media Artist / Nanette Sanchez Velasquez

    Bronx Library Center
    February 1st, 2015 - February 28th, 2015


    Of Old Earth Creates 

    Nanette is a life-long, Harlem-based, self-taught, mixed media artisan with a concentration in “WearAble Art.”  She is an artistic, innovative designer and her unique style is captured in each dramatic piece she creates. 

    Nanette believes in merging eclectic and ethnic designs in her works. She is inspired by Mother Earth and pays homage to her Taino ancestors adding an Afro-Centric twist. All of her designs are one-of-a-kind and each piece is meticulously crafted to created personal expression. 

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  • Hsiao-Chi Chang, Illustration Solo Show

    Mulberry Street Library
    January 2nd, 2015 - February 28th, 2015

    On view in the Children's Room of Mulberry Street Library is Taiwanese artist, Hsiao-Chi Chang. 

    Artist Bio - Hello, My name is Hsiao-Chi Chang. I also go by my nickname, "Alice." I am an illustrator who was born and raised in Taiwan and currently live in Brooklyn, New York. My illustration style is whimsical, cute and playful, and I am often inspired by the humorous situations I encounter in my daily life. What drives me to create is the desire to  play and express my emotions. A majority of my artworks are targeted at the children's market. I usually work with pencil, oil pastel, watercolor, gouache and Photoshop, but I experiment with media all the time.

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  • The Art of Sacred Geometry

    Mulberry Street Library
    January 7th, 2015 - February 28th, 2015

    The Art of Sacred Geometry

    An exhibition of works on paper by Karl Lorenzen at the Mulberry Branch of the New York Public Library, from January 7th to February 2nd, 2015.

    Artist Statement

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  • NANCY EVERS: Photographs

    Bloomingdale Library
    February 1st, 2015 - February 28th, 2015

    Nancy Evers is now holding her second exhibit of photographs at Bloomingdale Library.Read More ›
  • Works by Charles A. Dey, Visual Artist

    Bronx Library Center
    February 10th, 2015 - February 28th, 2015

    Works by Charles A. Dey, Visual Artist. Birth Place: Ghana. Lives and Works in: Brooklyn, NY. SPECIALIZED GENRES Painting, Fine Art, Freehand Illustration, Photography, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Acrylic, Oil Painting, Studio Art, Water Color, Screen Printing, Layout, Logo Design, Crafts, Digital Art, Color Theory SOLO EXHIBITIONS (2012) Arts Student League of New York, Ten 10 Studios – “40 Artists,” LIC, New York (2012) My Studio, “Life around Us,” LI, New York (2012) My Studio, “Nautical but Nice,” LI, New York (1998) DuBois Center for Pan-African Culture, Accra, Ghana (1997) Golden Tulip Hotel, Accra, Ghana GROUP EXHIBITIONS (1999) Novotel Hotel, Accra, Ghana (1997) Pan-African Historical Festival, Accra, Ghana COMMISSIONED WORK (2011) Alan Church, Portrait of Deceased Wife, Private Collection AWARDS AND RECOGNITION (2012) Skyward Future Artists Award, Honorable Mention (2012) ARTIVITA Contest – Winners on Painting RELATED EXPERIENCE (2000-Present) Read More ›
  • 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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