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Past Exhibitions

  • Kevin Lustik: Sew On & Sew Forth

    Aguilar Library
    January 10th, 2018 - February 16th, 2018

    Kevin Lustik has been creating art for more than 30 years. He sews buttons, beads, ribbons and even needles into cloth, paper and photographs—all of which give his work a 3D effect.Read More ›
  • What's New? Recent Acquisitions

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    October 13th, 2017 - February 11th, 2018

    Curators from research collections across the Library tell the stories behind our newest holdings, from a book printed in Peru 500 years ago to the set design for the musical In the Heights.Read More ›
  • Romantics, Unite!

    Bloomingdale Library
    December 2nd, 2017 - January 31st, 2018

    The Bloomingdale Library is proud to host the art exhibition Romantics, Unite! by Greenwich Village based artist Rossella BLUE Mocerino.  Since 2015, she has exhibited at five different libraries in Manhattan. She jokingly refers to these shows as her “Library Tour”. She also exhibits in Venice, her inspirational city. The Luna Baglioni Hotel hosted BLUE Venezia, a solo show of her work during Carnevale 2016. 

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  • STONES SPEAK: Photographs and Drawings by Elisa Decker

    Jefferson Market Library
    January 3rd, 2018 - January 30th, 2018

    STONES SPEAK:  Photographs and Drawings by Elisa Decker

    January 3-30, 2018

    Opening reception:    Thursday, January 4, 6-8 pm

    Sixth Avenue at 10th Street, downstairsThe Little Underground Gallery



    Mon-Thurs 10 AM - 8 PM

    Fri & Sat 10 AM-5 PM

    Sun: 1-5 PM


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  • Winter Wonderland: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    October 26th, 2017 - January 27th, 2018

    It is so much a part of the holidays in New York, that it is now hard to imagine a time when George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® did not call for an annual pilgrimage to the ballet. When the ballet debuted in 1954 however, it was not an immediate success. But when a televised and narrated version in 1958 brought the magical world into people’s homes all across America, a classic was born. In 1964 the ballet saw some choreographic changes, and brand new costumes and sets were commissioned from the artists Barbara Karinska and Rouben Ter-Arutunian. The modifications brought iced perfection to an already sweet work, and The Nutcracker® has remained untouched since this time, allowing multiple generations to bond over a shared experience year after year with the New York City Ballet.

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  • New Beginnings - Abriendo Caminos Artist: Evelyn Ray

    Bronx Library Center
    January 4th, 2018 - January 27th, 2018

    Evelyn Ray Artist Statement  

    New Beginnings - Abriendo Caminos is a collection that resonates inspiration, renewal, and resilience. The visual images comprise of the beauty of nature, expressionism, the love of my Puertoriquen heritage, and life. We all face challenges but we also look to a new beginning. This body of work is very diverse in my artistic approach. I celebrate visually many forms in my artwork and deeply show the reality of adversity. As you view the exhibition, I welcome you to embrace the journey and feel a newfound hope through the visual artistic expression.

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  • New Beginnings - Abriendo Caminos

    Bronx Library Center
    January 11th, 2018 - January 25th, 2018


    Latino & Puerto Rican Cultural Center Puerto Rican Heritage Gallery Presents

    Artist: Evelyn Ray New Beginnings - Abriendo Caminos

    "New Beginnings - Abriendo Caminos is a collection that resonate inspiration, renewal, and resilience."

    Opening Tour:   Thursday, January 11, 2018   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Tour/Reception:  Thursday,   January 25th, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    This exhibit will be on view from January 5 - 25, 2018. 

    Please visit Reference desk for access, tours and group visits. Location: 4th floor


    Evelyn Ray Biography

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  • Amy WestPfahl: The NY Times Series

    Ottendorfer Library
    December 8th, 2017 - January 18th, 2018

    AMY WESTPFAHL | THE NY TIMES SERIES November 18, 2017 - January 18, 2018 Amy Westpfahl lives and works in New York City and is a long-time resident of the East Village and Lower East Side. A mixed disciplined artist, her work focuses primarily on gentrification and the widening gap between social classes. During the process of looking through dozens of real estate listings to find permanent housing, she discovered that the reality of obtaining “affordable” housing in New York City had become virtually unrealistic, replaced instead, by a saturated market of high end luxury coops and condominiums for purchase, by only a select few. Fascinated by the promotional photos advertising luxury homes for sale in the New York Times Sunday Real Estate section, Westpfahl began collecting and examining each image for various attributes that might otherwise go overlooked, a table leg, a towel bar, a column, or perhaps some structural element.

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  • Disco Fever, 1970-1980: Selections from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    December 4th, 2017 - January 17th, 2018

    A current case exhibit on the third floor of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts features a selection of books, sound recordings, archival documents, and playback equipment from the Rodgers & Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, the Music Division, the Billy Rose Theatre Division, and the LPA Circulating Collection. It celebrates New York City's disco scene during the 1970s-1980s, including music, fashion, dance, technology, and club venues. The exhibit was curated by four undergraduate students from Duke University who spent part of the Fall 2017 semester researching at LPA as part of the Duke In New York program.




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  • Puzzled?

    Westchester Square Library
    December 19th, 2017 - January 8th, 2018

    Exhibit featuring a puzzle that adults are invited to solve.

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