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Past Exhibitions

  • Ellen K. Levy | Meme Machines | Art Wall on Third Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    April 6th, 2017 - June 28th, 2017

    The Art Collection presents the site-specific exhibition Meme Machines by established multi-media artist and scholar Ellen K. Levy. The exhibition explores cultural evolution by visualizing varied ways of creating and transmitting knowledge. Meme Machines comprises four mixed-media vertically-oriented works, consisting of paint and gel over prints on archival paper and an animation. 

    The animation video Migratory Patterns of Public Secrets analogizes the reticulated growth of dendrites in neural networks to the pathways of communication in public library networks. The formation of these patterns is the common subject of the video and still images. To watch  a clip from Migratory Patterns of Public Secrets  click here

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  • Viewpoints: Latin America in Photographs

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    March 24th, 2017 - June 28th, 2017

    The geography, people, and rich culture of Latin America have long inspired photographers to capture visually their experiences and impressions. Their photographs, in turn, entice viewers to marvel at that which is foreign or to reminisce about the familiar. Viewpoints: Latin America in Photographs exhibits over 100 images from the 1860s through the present. Presented in parallel trajectories, the photographs trace the perceptions of foreigners and locals and offer insight into varying cultural perspectives. The exhibition, drawn exclusively from the Library’s immense Photography Collection, is the first devoted solely to the subject of Latin America.

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  • Ellen Hackl Fagan | What Does Blue Sound Like? | Art in the Windows Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    April 4th, 2017 - June 28th, 2017

    On view day and night

    The Art Collection at Mid-Manhattan Library presents the site-specific exhibition What Does Blue Sound Like? by artist Ellen Hackl Fagan. This exhibition features The Reverse Color Organ (RCO) with an interactive web app that viewers can download to their iPhones or Droids. Their phones become a synaesthetic tool, enabling them to explore their own unique opinions about the sounds of colors. 

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  • Renate Aller | Ocean Desert | Photo Walls in Picture Collection Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    April 11th, 2017 - June 28th, 2017

    The Art Collection presents the photography exhibition of color archival pigment prints titled Ocean | Desert by established artist Renate Aller. The series of lush and sublime diptych photographs document the artist’s visits to White Sands in New Mexico on Easter Sundays. 

    Traditionally families from this border region celebrate Easter (Pascua) at White Sands. The images are paired with oceanscapes of the Atlantic as the dunes’ minerals carry the memory of the ocean that was there millions of years ago. Since the 1940s atomic missile tests have been conducted in this area, yet, once a year, border families gather for a peaceful time, as violence, anger and fear are swept away for a day. 

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    St. Agnes Library
    May 17th, 2017 - June 27th, 2017

    Bobbi Beck has spent years documenting her day by day experiences, feelings and emotions through her art while living and working on the Upper West Side of New York City. Reflected in her works are many of the same issues we all confront and deal with, especially now in today’s uncertain world. As you look at each piece see if you can spot any of yourself woven into these mysterious and complex compositions. When you first enter the library, stop and enjoy her special Children’s Exhibition Wall that includes many strange and exotic creatures, that should be a delight to kids as well as the young at heart. Then visit the staircase gallery space and see if you can find, within several pieces of art, any subjects or themes that mirror your own life past or present. Her completely original style is difficult to describe, but many have commented that her artworks possess hints of Dali, Escher, Beardsley, Mucha and even Goudy.

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  • Alza Tu Voz

    Washington Heights Library
    May 30th, 2017 - June 27th, 2017

    Artists Space and MS 324 Patria Mirabal present Alza Tu Voz: Social justice posters created by Grade 8 students inspired by the artwork of Emory Douglas. Enhibited in the Teen Space from May 30 to June 27.

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  • New York Press Photographers Association ANNUAL EXHIBITION

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    May 5th, 2017 - June 16th, 2017

    On view in the Corner Room Friday, May 5 – Friday, June 16, 2017

    AWARDS CEREMONY Friday, May 5, 2017, 5PM

    New York Press Photographers Association 2016 Year in Pictures Exhibition is judged in 2017.  

    Best in Show and Portfolio announced at Opening.

    For more information about the New York Press Photographers Association visit

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  • Ariel Corral - The Oftamology of Photography

    Mulberry Street Library
    April 6th, 2017 - June 5th, 2017

    From the Artist  “Struggled without comprehension however; the word phenomenon goes plural phenomena without adding an –s because it is not an English item. The Greek morpheme phainomenon is connected to phainesthai in its root: phe/pha, both creating a semantic triangle with phos, light. Etymology provided in Sein und Zeit. Photography... anthropology threading light onto the physicality of mankind, its modus vivendi. Unseen phenomena.”

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  • Unhurried Journey by Kristiana Parn

    Mulberry Street Library
    February 17th, 2017 - June 1st, 2017

    Each piece starts with a bare wood panel, complete with random grain patterns and variations.  This natural surface is then saturated with paint, both accentuating and obscuring these marks, in the process creating an atmosphere that is only partly my doing.  Within, entire environments are created- trees, mountains, earth, light and air, as well as living creatures, both real and imagined.  Often taking the form of the northern forests of my youth, these scenes are places of great play and whimsy, where woodland animals inhabit the waking and dreaming worlds.

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  • HERSTORY: Chinese-American Women, 165 Years of Struggle and Success

    Chatham Square Library
    September 28th, 2016 - June 1st, 2017

    The Chatham Square Branch of the New York Public Library is pleased to present a rare look at Chinese-American women’s history, told through legal cases fought in supreme courts throughout the United States. Using the personal collection of Dr. Chang C. Chen (邱彰博士), Herstory features rare photographs and case descriptions of efforts by Chinese-American women to gain legal standing in the U.S. 

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