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Past Exhibitions

  • The Russian Revolution: American Perspectives

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    November 8th, 2017 - November 19th, 2017

    The New York Public Library’s Russian materials are an important part of its rich collection on Slavic history. This display, guest-curated by CUNY professor Susan Smith-Peter, draws from these collections to take a look back at one of the most significant moments in Russian history 100 years ago.  

    On November 6–7, 1917, the Bolshevik Party—led by communist revolutionaries Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky—overthrew the Provisional Government, the interim ruling authority that toppled the Tsarist autocracy in the earlier March Revolution. Known as the November Revolution (or the October Revolution due to the old Julian calendar then used in Russia), the events laid the foundations of what would become the Soviet Union, which would last until 1991.

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  • Book Fortune Display

    Jefferson Market Library
    August 19th, 2017 - November 17th, 2017

    Push a button on our book recommending machine to find out what book lies in your future.

    This program is funded through The New York Public Library's Innovation Project, which is made possible by a generous grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

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  • Dreamscapes: Paintings by Horacio Molina

    Ottendorfer Library
    September 20th, 2017 - November 11th, 2017

    Horacio Molina was born in Colombia and studied at the University of Antioquia in Colombia. He later settled in New York City. His work has been shown in galleries throughout New York City and South America. 

    "The intrinsic nature of the painting of Horacio Molina struggles in a constant tension, between the visible and invisible world. Basically all his work is a threshold to beyond seen from the symbolic elements of its pictorial universe. There is a spiritual presence that breaks the common perceptions, to one hides importance that alternates permanently in its creative vision."  ~from the artist's statement

     

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  • NER BECK: A Photography Exhibition of Faces, Reflections and Forgotten Objects found on the Streets of New York City

    53rd Street Library
    October 6th, 2017 - November 10th, 2017

    NER BECK, a New York City graphic artist / photographer, takes his eyes and camera for long walks everyday, roaming neighborhoods throughout the city, searching everywhere and waiting for the strange and unusual to appear before him. He has also captured street art in Barcelona, Prague and many other cities. This exhibition should delight native New Yorkers as well as visitors from afar, that are passing through this special neighborhood directly across the street from The Museum of Modern Art and just around the corner from Rockefeller Center and Fifth Avenue. The exhibition is divided into three sections. FACES: See inanimate found objects that have many of the same facial expressions and emotions that we humans possess, including some found faces shot on a recent trip to Madrid. REFLECTIONS: Then, view a series of pictures that are composed of layered reflections captured on glass and water, that form natural colorful prismatic collages.

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  • Sources of Inspiration: Celebrating Library Lions 2017

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    October 17th, 2017 - November 5th, 2017

    The New York Public Library is delighted to recognize Tom Brokaw, Michael Chabon, Carla Hayden, Colson Whitehead, and Robert Wilson as our 2017 Library Lions.

    Each fall at its Library Lions gala, The New York Public Library celebrates the exceptional men and women who have forever changed the fields of arts, letters, and scholarship. This display highlights the inspirations of those we are honored to call this year’s Library Lions. Shown here are items they chose as important to them, alongside items from the Library’s collections by the great luminaries who have influenced our Lions’ careers.

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  • Kevin Lustik: Needlepoint and Cross-Stitch

    Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library
    August 31st, 2017 - November 1st, 2017

    Kevin Lustik, a self-taught artist, has been sewing for over 30 years.  He started by creating quilts, then moved on to original needlepoint designs.  Kevin also employs an original technique of embroidering yarn and thread into found photographs.  Highlights of his collection include a self-portrait, a New York subway map, abstract pieces, and Woman Smoking a Cigarette.

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  • 140 Years of Grooved Media: Highlights from the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    March 27th, 2017 - October 31st, 2017

    A current case exhibit on the third floor of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts features a selection of grooved media recordings from the Rodgers & Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound. The exhibit celebrates the 140th anniversary of the invention of sound recording, in which sound waves were traced as grooves on a surface.Read More ›
  • Prints by Jihoe Koo

    Bloomingdale Library
    September 5th, 2017 - October 31st, 2017

    Jihoe Koo is a New York based artist whose work spans multiple media from printmaking, installation, sculpture and window display.Read More ›
  • Hilary Knight’s Stage Struck World

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    April 25th, 2017 - October 14th, 2017

    Hilary Knight was born stage-struck, ninety years ago. Best known as the illustrator of the American classic Eloise, he cites the performing arts as the single greatest influence on his life and career.

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  • ESOPUS and Marco Maggi present “Drawing Set”

    Jefferson Market Library
    September 5th, 2017 - October 2nd, 2017

    The nonprofits arts publication ESOPUS strives to break down barriers and encourage interaction between artists and the public whenever possible. For ESOPUS 24, currently on newsstands—and available at every branch of the New York Public Library thanks to the generosity of an ESOPUS donor—artist Marco Maggi created "Drawing Set," a fascinating artist’s project consisting of a sheet of tiny, customized decals designed by Maggi along with a removable blank page. He has asked readers to create artworks with the tools he’s provided and send them to the publication. He and ESOPUS will curate an exhibition of these submitted works in the Little Underground Gallery at the Jefferson Market Library that runs from September 5th to October 2nd.

    Maggi will be present for an opening reception on Tuesday, September 5th, from 6 to 8pm.

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