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Exhibitions at NYPL


Exhibitions and special displays at the Library's many locations showcase our rich and varied collections.

The New York Public Library offers free public classes, programs, and exhibitions at its 91 locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Below is a selection of upcoming events.

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Current Exhibitions

  • The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Now through September 7, 2014

    The ABC of It is an examination of why children’s books are important: what and how they teach children, and what they reveal about the societies that produced them. Through a dynamic array of objects and activities, the exhibition celebrates the extraordinary richness, artistry, and 

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  • Jill Kupin Rose Gallery

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    This ongoing exhibition consists of large wall panels with photographs, text, objects, and videos illustrating the history and the vast array of collections, services, and users of The New York Public Library's Branch and Research Libraries.

    The Jill Kupin Rose Gallery was 

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  • Launchpad of the American Theater: The O'Neill since 1964

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Now through September 16, 2014

    Since its founding in 1964, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center has shaped the course of the American and world theater, creating standard practices and discovering new artists and new work in every discipline.  Through its programs in plays, musicals, puppetry, cabaret, criticism, and an 

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  • Over Here: WWI and the Fight for the American Mind

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Now through February 15, 2015

    World War I. The Great War. The War to End All Wars. The conflict that enveloped the globe from July 28, 1914, to November 11, 1918, backlit an intense home-front struggle as Americans debated their individual and collective relationship to the conflict. Should the United States be involved in 

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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.

  • A Community of Flowers--Losaida Gardens by Carolyn Ratcliffe

    Ottendorfer Library
    Now through October 7, 2014

    Carolyn Ratcliffe has drawn and painted since her childhood in Missiissppi. She received a BA in Art with a concentration in painting from the University of Alabama. After moving to New York in 1974, she turned in her brushes for a garden trowel and a camera,  and painted and then photographed 

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  • BOBBI BECK’s Mind Puzzles: An Exhibition of Autobiographical Artworks

    Morningside Heights
    Now through September 30, 2014

    August 6 through September 30, 2014   Bring the entire family to view and enjoy the mysterious and puzzling artworks of local artist Bobbi Beck. Her original drawings have always stirred the imagination and challenged others to see their own life experiences reflected in her complex creations. Read More ›
  • Listening Station for People's History of Harlem Oral History Project

    115th Street Library
    Now through December 31, 2014

    Our collected stories are now even easier to access!  Come into our lobby, pick up the headphones and listen to one or more of the fascinating stories our neighbors have shared.  Or if you prefer, you can access it from anywhere at :  

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  • Paintings by Rene de los Santos

    Inwood Library
    Now through September 4, 2014

    Local painter Rene de los Santos began painting in the the Dominican Republic and now lives and works in Upper Manhattan. His work continues to evoke his island birthplace. Enjoy the rich colors, curves and fantasic images of his work on exhibit throughout the first floor. 

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  • Peter Bynum | Illuminated Paint | Art in the Corner Room Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    Now through January 25, 2015

    Unless there is a scheduled program or event the Corner Room hours are as indicated.

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library present Illuminated Paint a site-specific exhibition of seventeen illuminated paintings on glass by artist Peter Bynum. Painters have long 

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  • Queer Book Diorama Show

    Jefferson Market Library
    Now through September 30, 2014

    This is our inaugural exhibit in our new art gallery space located in the lower level of the library.  

    For more on the exhibit go here.

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    Washington Heights Library
    Now through September 29, 2014


    The Washington Heights Library has a digital tribute to a much beloved and revered, "Literary Giant".  Walter Dean Myers was a masterful storyteller. He wrote over 100 books, which included works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  Mr. Myers was a three-time Read More ›

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