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Past Exhibitions

  • 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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  • Alwin Nikolais' Total Theater of Motion

    October 21, 2010 to January 15, 2011

    Choreographer Alwin Nikolais (1910-1993) was a master of stage illusion. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is a partner in celebrations of his centennial. Gallery visitors will experience amazing lighting effects Nikolais created, hear sound he composed, examine costumes he 

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  • Talking Pictures: Portraits by Cambridge Jones

    September 23, 2010 to November 27, 2010

    This multimedia exhibition features new photographic portraits of Welsh actors, singers, and other performers by celebrated Welsh photographer Cambridge Jones. An audio component allows visitors to hear performers talking about the people or performances that inspired them to become involved in 

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  • The Peregrinations & Pettifoggery of W.C. Fields

    May 19, 2010 to August 21, 2010


    The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts presents a Spring and Summer tribute to the great vaudeville, revue, silent film, and sound film comedian. On display in the Vincent Astor Gallery is a unique exhibition organized by the

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  • The Peregrinations & Pettifoggery of W. C. Fields

    May 19, 2010 to August 21, 2010

    The life and work of one of America’s great cultural figures is presented in bounteous and munificent detail this summer. On display in the Library's Vincent Astor Gallery is a unique exhibition organized by the

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