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Past Exhibitions

  • New York City History on display

    April 4, 2014 to April 7, 2014

     

    In conjunction with the programs on April  5th celebrating  our NYC historical collections and the researchers that plumb their depths, our librarians and curators have selected a few items to share with the public.  In the Map Division, you'll find a collection of maps and 

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  • New York City History on display

    April 4, 2014 to April 7, 2014

     

    In conjunction with the programs on April  5th celebrating  our NYC historical collections and the researchers that plumb their depths, our librarians and curators have selected a few items to share with the public.  In the Map Division, you'll find a collection of maps and 

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  • New York City History on display

    April 4, 2014 to April 7, 2014

     

    In conjunction with the programs on April  5th celebrating  our NYC historical collections and the researchers that plumb their depths, our librarians and curators have selected a few items to share with the public.  In the Map Division, you'll find a collection of maps and 

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  • Why We Fight: Remembering AIDS Activism

    October 4, 2013 to April 6, 2014

    Historically, the national and international response to the HIV epidemic lagged behind the passionate work of dedicated individuals who tended the sick, challenged prejudices against people living with HIV, educated their communities, and fought for resources and research. Acknowledging the 

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  • Play Things

    November 22, 2013 to March 16, 2014

    Physically and intellectually interactive, a significant number of prints and photographs are both objects and subjects of play. Playing cards, for example, were among the very first works produced in the fifteenth century with the newly invented technology of prints, and other sorts of games 

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  • A Raisin in the Sun: Lorraine Hansberry's Dream on Broadway

    February 18, 2014 to March 7, 2014

    In 1959, 28-year-old Chicago native Lorraine Hansberry won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for her first play, A Raisin in the Sun. Hansberry (1930–1965) was the first African-American playwright to win a Critics’ Circle Award, and A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by an 

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  • The Struggle For Justice: Nelson Mandela, A Tribute

    December 7, 2013 to December 21, 2013

    The New York Public Library joins the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela, whose inspiring leadership was unique in the 20th century and into our present age. He seemed to achieve the miraculous in avoiding a civil war in South Africa and bringing an end to apartheid, setting an example 

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  • “Dearest Jackie”: On the Death of JFK

    November 20, 2013 to December 15, 2013

    Posthumous portrait of John F. Kennedy (1917–1963), 35th President of the United States, by Bernard Fuchs. Digital ID: 1548925

    To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (November 22, 1963), NYPL remembers the horrific tragedy that shook the 

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  • 1909 Honus Wagner Baseball Card

    June 24, 2013 to July 31, 2013

    On the occasion of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, taking place this year at the home of the New York Mets for the first time since 1964, the Library is proud to display its copy of the Honus Wagner baseball card. One of the rarest of all baseball cards, it is part of the Leopold Morse 

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  • Back Tomorrow: Federico García Lorca / Poet in New York

    April 5, 2013 to July 20, 2013

    In June 1929, at a time when young writers and painters dreamed of living in Paris, Federico García Lorca (1898–1936), Spain’s greatest modern poet and playwright, broke boldly with tradition and sailed for New York. His nine months here, followed by three months in Havana, changed his 

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