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Past Exhibitions

  • Martha Swope: In Rehearsal

    September 27, 2012 to January 26, 2013

    Martha Swope, who started out as a dance student with a Brownie camera, developed into the premier photographic documenter of performance in New York. The 

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  • Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen

    October 18, 2012 to January 12, 2013

    An exhibition organized by the Kent State University Museum   Katharine Hepburn knew the importance of costume in defining character and drawing the audience into a story. She had a sure sense of what would work for her. Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen includes costumes Read More ›
  • Lincoln Center's Posters and Prints: 50 Years of the Vera List Program

    September 19, 2012 to January 5, 2013

    Photo (c) Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

    A collaboration with the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.   In 1962, Lincoln Center initiated a program to commission posters by prominent artists for the then newly-built performing arts complex.  The brainchild of 

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  • All Hands on Deck: Remembering the Titanic (1912-2012)

    March 30, 2012 to August 31, 2012

    On April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic tragically sank in the North Atlantic Ocean. In honor of the 100 years which have passed, All Hands on Deck: Remembering the Titanic (1912-2012), curated by LPA's Music Division, exhibits items from our collections to commemorate the Titanic's voyage, its 

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  • Star Quality: The World of Noel Coward

    March 12, 2012 to August 18, 2012

    A collaboration with the Noel Coward Foundation, the Museum of Performance & Design (San Francisco) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. 

    The New York Public Library presentation of this multi-mediaNoel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence in his Red Peppers. 

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  • The Great American Revue: How Ziegfeld, White and their Rivals Remade Broadway.

    April 19, 2012 to July 21, 2012

    Due to events being held in library, The Great American Revue exhibition will close early on the following day:

    Tuesday, May 15 at 5:00 pm

    What are Revues? In our fantasies, fed by nostalgia and Hollywood, they are concoctions of songs, dance, elaborate costumes and semi-nudity. To 

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  • Celebrating Our Legacy: Oral History Photographic Exhibit of the League of Professional Theater Women

    March 8, 2012 to April 28, 2012

    The League of Professional Theatre Women, an advocacy organization dedicated to promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in the professional theatre, celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012.  The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is pleased to collaborate with 

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  • The Birth of Promotion: Inventing Film Publicity in the Silent-Film Era

    November 22, 2011 to March 10, 2012

        The Birth of Promotion: Inventing Film Publicity in the Silent-Film EraVincent Astor Gallery The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts November 22, 2011 through January 2012 The evolution of motion pictures from invention to art form has spanned the century.  The basic elements of Read More ›
  • Voices & Images from Bulgaria

    January 12, 2012 to February 28, 2012

    The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts  is pleased to present an  exhibition of photographs resulting from Martin Koenig's travels.  Entitled Voices & Images From Bulgaria: 1966-1979, the exhibit was presented in Sofia by the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture in 2007.  The show 

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