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Upcoming Exhibitions


The New York Public Library offers free major exhibitions and special displays at three of its research library locations—the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Library for Performing Arts, and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture—and community showcases at many of its circulating branch locations throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. See what’s showing right now.


Exhibitions are major presentations on wide-ranging subjects in galleries and similar spaces at research library locations.

  • Music for Moderns: The Partnership of George Avakian and Anahid Ajemian

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Opening soon. June 21st, 2016 - September 24th, 2016.

    This exhibition is derived largely from George Avakian's and Anahid Ajemian's personal archives of photographs, recordings, memorabilia, oral histories, writings, letters, and other papers. It explores both of their careers and, through them, some of the most important musicians of all time. It also provides a unique way of viewing the important musical developments of their era through the lens of both artistic and commercial recording considerations, as well the development of the recording industry as a whole.Read More ›

Community Showcases

Community Showcases are presentations of different sizes at select branch locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island that speak to community interests and highlight the work of groups, organizations, and individuals.

  • Artist of the Month: Richard Murrain

    125th Street Library
    Opening soon. June 6th, 2016 - June 30th, 2016.

    Mr. Murrain will be show casing Portraits of Celebrities from around the globe.  The reception will be June 23rd, Thursday at 5:00pm.

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  • Fairy Tales of the Four Seasons

    Bloomingdale Library
    Opening soon. June 6th, 2016 - August 31st, 2016.

    Sun Circle Art Studio invites you to the fifth annual exhibition of children's creativity.  This exhibition presents about 130 beautiful art works by students 5-11 years old from the Sun Circle Art Studio.   The exhibition includes a variety of images dedicated to the beauty of the four seasons.  The students explored several visions of the unique charm of each season and  illustrated fairy-tales about them.  They studied a fairy-tale world created by a famous artist capturing his style, but more importantly, came up with their own dream-like art pieces.

    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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  • “The Untitled (Michael Jackson)” June 1-30th

    Jefferson Market Library
    Opening soon. June 1st, 2016 - June 30th, 2016.

    Paige Madden “The Untitled (Michael Jackson)” June 1-30th

    Immersive Installation/ New York solo debut, artist’s reception 6/1, 6-8 pm

    The untitled are the celebrities not yet formed. The untitled are reproduced and repeated until they obtain a meaning that can be held on to, a meaning that can be titled. The meaning is fluid and ever-changing but the images remain the same. This body of work demonstrates the cerebral space and process in which the celebrity is inflated into a “real” and interactive entity. By using video, sound and repetition I allude to the convoluted relationship of design and interpretation. The inflation of a celebrity comes from within us, how we interpret these images is a direct reflection of our own desires, fears and experiences being manipulated by the construction and design of the image.

 -- Paige Madden

    Jefferson Market Library and Q are pleased to announce 

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