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Past Exhibitions

  • “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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  • Foundations of Freedom: the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights

    July 1, 2013 to July 3, 2013

    For three days only this July, come see a copy of the Declaration of Independence, written in Thomas Jefferson's own hand, and one of the remaining original copies of the Bill of Rights. These fundamental pieces of American history have never before been displayed together, but you can view them 

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  • Daring Methods: The Prints of Mary Cassatt

    March 8, 2013 to June 23, 2013

    In 1875, after being rejected by the official Paris Salon, where she had been exhibiting her paintings, American artist Mary Cassatt (1844–1926) accepted Edgar Degas’s (1834–1917) invitation to join the Impressionist group. Cassatt created her earliest surviving prints in 1878, a year 

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  • Sailor Twain's New York: Secrets and Mysteries of the River Hudson

    October 25, 2012 to April 28, 2013

    In 2009, the Library presented Mapping New York’s Shoreline, 1609-2009, an exhibition marking the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s famous voyage. It caught the attention of

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  • The Rose Haggadah

    March 15, 2013 to April 14, 2013

    The Rose Haggadah is a unique artists’ book, the result of an innovative annual commission from the Rose family, presented to the Library’s Dorot Jewish Division by the Rose family in 2005. In three volumes, the Rose Haggadah brings together 50 years of Passover-themed artwork, ranging 

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  • Lunch Hour NYC

    November 1, 2012 to February 17, 2013

  • Echoes of Silence: Philip Trager, Early Photographs, 1967-83

    October 12, 2012 to February 17, 2013

    Enjoy the quietly relentless formal beauty of Philip Trager’s early photography in this free exhibition. Trager is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost photographers of architecture and dance of the 20th century. The exhibition Echoes of Silence: Philip Trager, Early Photographs, 

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  • Charles Dickens: The Key to Character

    September 14, 2012 to January 27, 2013

    Charles Dickens (1812–1870) was the best-loved English novelist at a time when recreational reading was at a zenith. His fictional creations represent a cross-section of society—from law-clerk to crossing-sweeper, miser to midwife—and are united by the vividness with which they are 

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