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Upcoming Exhibitions


  • Black Suburbia: From Levittown to Ferguson

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Opening soon. September 25th, 2015 - December 31st, 2015.

    What do the suburbs teach us about the black experience, family ideals, community and racial identity? How is the myth of the American Dream complicated by the African American suburban experience? These and other questions are explored in our new exhibition, Black Suburbia: From Levittown to Ferguson, co-presented by The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University. This exhibition travels through Hempstead, New York; Shaker Heights, Ohio; Compton and Baldwin Hills, California; and other American suburbs. The collection features photographs, letters, property deeds, personal interviews, artifacts and compelling archival film footage that trace a twentieth century narrative of migration and community building that reveals a rich tapestry of contradictions and the persistence of hope.

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  • Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Opening soon. September 25th, 2015 - December 31st, 2015.

    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.

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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.

  • NANCY EVERS: Photographs

    Bloomingdale Library
    Opening soon. September 1st, 2015 - September 30th, 2015.

    Nancy is happy to be presenting her third exhibit of photographs at The Bloomingdale Library. A long-time West Sider, Nebraska born, she has had a lifelong love of music and is known professionally for her private voice studio, performances on Broadway and regionally, as well as her helming duties as musical director for many cabaret and theatrical productions. Her creative direction has turned toward the colorful and dynamic images exhibited here. Many of the same elements found in music are imprinted in her pictures. You can see—almost hear in her art—the same harmony, moods, patterns and rhythms.



    Artist statement:

    “I photograph anything and everything that catches my eye and inspires me. I love pictures that are charged with emotion at their core. I also love to collect colorful and dramatic objects, jewelry, clothing and other artist’s work. Color, pattern, rhythm...I guess that’s what I’m all about.”

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  • Hidden in Plain Sight: One Painter's Fresh Take on "Found Art"

    Jefferson Market Library
    Opening soon. September 8th, 2015 - October 4th, 2015.

    Hidden in Plain Sight: One Painter's Fresh Take on "Found Art": In September, Swiss­-born, New York City­based artist Chantal Bruchez­-Hall’s new exhibit of abstract paintings and collages opens at the Underground Gallery at Jefferson Market Library, located at 425 6th Avenue, New York, NY. There will be an opening reception from Thursday, September 10 from 6-­8PM. The show will run through October 4.    Bruchez-Hall explores the densely layered archeology of contemporary life, inviting viewers to question their own relationship to what she calls the “blizzard of stimuli we are hit with each day.”      As part of the show, an artwork will be “hidden in plain sight” on each floor of the Jefferson Market Library. Guests will be invited to record their feelings and experiences of the works, through drawings, quotes, photos, or other formats.     Read More ›

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