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Past Exhibitions

  • 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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  • Out of the shadows: The Fashion of Film Noir

    August 31, 2011 to December 31, 2011

      Film Noir was produced and distributed by Hollywood in the 1940s and early 1950s.  Inspired by detective novels and short fiction, the black/white films were directed and designed to look like real life, reflecting the clothing choices of the audience. The Hollywood studio designers, who Read More ›
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov: An Archival Preview

    November 7, 2011 to December 20, 2011

      Materials from the vast archives of famed dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov are now on view in the Oenslager Gallery. This preview display includes letters, photographs, and video footage from the Mikhail Baryshnikov Archive, acquired by the Library in July 2011. The display was curated by the 

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  • Residue: Installation by Eiko & Koma

    July 20, 2011 to October 30, 2011

     

    Japanese-born, New York-based choreographer/dancers Eiko & Koma have created an installation of video documentation with home-made fabric sets and costumes in the Gallery.   For 40 years, they have presented their works in theaters, universities, museums, galleries, outdoor 

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  • Marlboro Music

    May 5, 2011 to August 20, 2011

     

     

    The Marlboro Music School and Festival, a summer tradition in Vermont, celebrates its 60th anniversary this summer. Marlboro introduced the concept of master artists playing alongside their younger colleagues in chamber ensembles, exchanging ideas, testing new approaches and 

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  • Ireland America: The Ties That Bind

    March 14, 2011 to August 13, 2011

        The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in collaboration with New York University's Glucksman Ireland House, the Irish Film Institute and Culture Ireland will present an Irish Festival this Spring including a major exhibition at the Performing Arts Library as part of Imagine Read More ›
  • McMullan Posters: Gesture as Design

    March 30, 2011 to June 11, 2011

     

    If you have ever walked on the North Plaza or the Concourse level of Lincoln Center, you already know James McMullan's narrative illustrations and distinctive hand-lettering, created for our next-door neighbor, Lincoln Center Theater. A prominent graphic artist for over three decades, 

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  • DESIGN: FRAVER Four Decades of Theatre Poster Art

    February 23, 2011 to April 20, 2011

     Frank "Fraver" Verlizzo has created poster art for over 300 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including some of the most memorable graphic designs in theatre history. This retrospective exhibit will feature 44 examples of posters and window cards which sold the show to the public, as well 

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  • On Stage in Fashion

    October 14, 2010 to January 22, 2011

    New York City's most vital and glamorous industries — entertainment and fashion — have been intertwined throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. This exhibition celebrates the collaborations of performers with fashion designers, who together brought contemporary clothing style to theater, 

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