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  • The 75th Anniversary of the American Negro Theatre

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Opening June 1, 2015

    The Schomburg Center celebrates the 75th anniversary of our renowned American Negro Theatre (ANT) with an exhibition. Known to the locals as “The Harlem Library Little Theatre,” the ANT was founded in 1940 as a community space for thespians to work in productions that illustrated the diversity of black life. This exhibition is taken entirely from the Schomburg Collections and highlights the ANT’s stage productions from 1940 through 1949 with photographs, posters, playbills, and news clippings. Images include scenes from successful plays such as Anna Lucasta, studio workshops, and radio broadcasts featuring prominent talent like Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier and Lofton Mitchell, whose careers began at the ANT. The exhibition is located in the Theatre, and is open 10:00 - 6:00, M, F, S, and 10:00 - 8:00, T, W, Th.

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Community Showcases

Select locations provide space to community groups, organizations or individuals to showcase works that the Library determines will further its mission.

  • Dialogue of Arts

    Bloomingdale Library
    Opening June 11, 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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  • Evidence of Process

    Bloomingdale Library
    Opening June 1, 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
    Opening June 3, 2015

    On view in the Community Room on Lower Level 2 at the Mulberry Street Library from Wednesday June 3rd through Monday June 29th is "Manhattan Pairs" - Photographs 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 approaching 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."

    David Penner (BA, Humanities with Honors, 1998, NYU; MA in Education, 2004, NYU), hails from a family of photographers. Formerly a classically trained oboist,  David studied at Eastman and Mannes, before turning his attention to photography. His photography can be viewed at: He has published with F-Stop Magazine, Social 

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  • The Same Skin by Rosalba Henao

    Bronx Library Center
    Opening June 5, 2015

    Rosalba Henao

    The same skin is an exhibition that shows the metamorphosis and transformation of an object. The Orange is the object which through the painting, drawing, photography, crafts, invites us to discover the beauty and possibilities that daily objects have in our hands.

    This exhibition is a mirror that reflects our true nature, parts of a whole, expressed in different ways. Persons, animals and plants share the same principle, the same skin. Our lives may not reflect it. It depends on the most rudimentary bacterium. However we take without consideration, resources that we don't need to live.  We destroy animals, whole forests to remove minerals to show and look good at a party. Those and others behaviors are causing an imbalance in the bowels of the soul that contains us. For this reason we urgently need to implement new systems of thought that allow us to live in the recognition, respect, care of all actors in the universe.

    Today the real threat 

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