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Upcoming Exhibitions


  • Black Suburbia: From Levittown to Ferguson

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Opening soon. October 1st, 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. October 1st, 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.

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

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

    In September, Swiss­-born, New York City-­based artist Chantal Bruchez­-Hall’s new exhibit of abstract paintings and collages opens at the Underground Gallery at Jefferson Market Library. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, September 10 from 6-­8PM. The show will run through October 4.

    “Hidden in Plain Sight” explores the densely layered archeology of contemporary life, inviting viewers to question their own relationship to what Bruchez­-Hall calls the “blizzard of stimuli” that constantly assails us. With works that incorporate bits of refuse, found sheets of plastic, old greeting cards, magazines, torn fabric and layers of paint, the artist creates fresh landscapes revealing what is masked by the sheer volume of what’s around us.  Her collages examine contemporary attitudes toward race, environment, globalization and spirituality while challenging buzzwords and easy answers.  No meaning or causality can fully satisfy our curiosity. 

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  • The Not-Seen Ubiquitous - Visual Works by Tony Jannetti

    Mulberry Street Library
    Opening soon. September 9th, 2015 - December 31st, 2015.


    Tony Jannetti will be presenting a range of natural and landscape-inspired earth-works and digital prints from recent years. He has been working in both arenas-- natural and digital-- for a number of years. These works outline the contours and direction he is taking that he hopes are both elegant and tantalizing. The works refer to neighborhood, to library, to found materials, as well as digital renderings of landscape themes. They manifest an ongoing commitment to the natural world in all its glory.

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