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Past Exhibitions

  • Spirits by the Sea: Sculpture and Photography by Robert Oxnam

    53rd Street Library
    June 6th, 2017 - September 20th, 2017


    For its first exhibition, 53rd Street NYPL has selected the art works of Robert Oxnam, well-known China specialist and former Asia Society president.  Over the past decade, Oxnam has focused what he calls “a Chinese eye” on the coastline of the North Fork of Long Island.   The NYPL exhibition is the first comprehensive show of Oxnam’s works – featuring thirty sculptures and ten photographs.

    The sculptures are crafted out of “found wood” from beaches and forests.  Inspired by the famous Chinese “scholars' rocks,” Oxnam seeks to reveal the inner energy in each salvaged piece of wood, using organic paints and waxes to enliven the surfaces.  And when it comes to photographs, Oxnam focuses his lens on small sections of glacial rocks, revealing what William Blake called “seeing the world in a grain of sand.”   The exhibition will take advantage of the NYPL’s spacious modern architecture by presenting groups of sculptures in the 

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  • Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955 - 1972

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    May 24th, 2017 - September 16th, 2017

    In August 1960, the choreographer Anna Halprin, the inventor of task-based improvisation, taught an experimental workshop on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, north of San Francisco, attended by Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer. Within two years, Forti’s conceptually forceful dance constructions premiered in Yoko Ono’s loft in New York and Rainer co-founded the groundbreaking Judson Dance Theater. Radical Bodies examines the artistic relationships between Halprin, Forti, and Rainer, shedding light on each artist’s contribution to history. Dance was a conceptual engine of the art world in the 1960s. Halprin, Forti, and Rainer, all Californians with Jewish roots, opened the way to a radicalized, communitarian vision for performance that continues to influence choreographers and visual artists around the world to the present day.

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  • Drawn from the Clouds: Mid-Century Airline Pictorial Maps

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    April 15th, 2017 - September 11th, 2017

    This display features cartographic works selected from the Library's collection of over 1,800 pictorial maps and focuses on the use of this genre in print advertisements by commercial airlines during the first half of the 20th century. On view are several vibrant pictorial “route maps” designed for a variety of international airlines. Each illustrates the delicate marriage of art and commerce in mid-century map making. This display also includes vintage postcards published in the 1940s to advertise the new  “La Guardia Field” (LaGuardia Airport), New York City’s longest operating municipal airport.

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  • Air and Rocks by Yuko K.

    Mulberry Street Library
    August 12th, 2017 - September 9th, 2017



    From the Artist "I have been working as a contemporary artist living in NYC. The big city has significant energy that causes excitement and cultural stimulations that we are easily inspired by at any moment, but, simultaneously, the city’s flashiness, busyness, invisible tension and chaos definitely exist behind those inspirations.

    Many contemporary artists who prefer, with their reasons, to live in the city must have the feeling of a mission or desire to seek an incentive constantly among the fast pace and passage of time, which, in a sense, must be the necessary nature for our new artistic creations.

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  • Touchable Fiber Art Exhibit by Auspicious Stitches

    Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library
    June 24th, 2017 - September 8th, 2017

  • Away! An Exhibition by the National Association of Women Artists

    Mulberry Street Library
    July 1st, 2017 - September 7th, 2017

    Summertime -- a time for change, a time for fancy, a time for elsewhere…

    Lifestyles change. Rhythms change. New possibilities emerge.

    New realms to explore.

    All here. All for you. Summer in the city. Summer at the shore.

    Or away... in your imagination.

    The National Association of Women Artists--the first American women artists

    fine art association--established in 1889, in New York City--and now going strong nationwide --explores these possibilities in "AWAY!," presented

    July 1-September 7, 2017, in the lower level Community Room/Gallery at the Mulberry Street Library, 10 Jersey Street, New York, NY 10012.

    (Reception Saturday, July 15, 2-4pm)


    Come away with us, find a refreshing way into your dreams.

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  • Kevin Lustik: Needlepoint and Cross-Stitch

    Mulberry Street Library
    July 1st, 2017 - August 31st, 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.  Kevin’s artwork has been exhibited in several venues around Manhattan and will be on display at the Mulberry Branch for the months of July & August of 2017.  

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  • Love in Venice

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    February 10th, 2017 - August 26th, 2017

    This exhibition is part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic.

    A tolerant and secular state, the Venetian Republic originated in the lagoon communities around Venice and existed for half a millennium, from 1297 until 1797. Dominated by a merchant capitalist elite who did business through sea trade, the Republic of Venice enjoyed an autonomy and freedom that was not typical of the rest of Italy, and which for centuries made it a destination for love and pleasure.

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  • Winter Gardens and Seedheads

    St. Agnes Library
    July 3rd, 2017 - July 31st, 2017


    This month St. Agnes Library is featuring a photography exhibition by Upper West resident Mildred Alpern. The theme of the photography exhibition is Winter Gardens and Seedheads, one arc of the ongoing bud-flower-seed cycle. Each month St. Agnes features a different visual artist to display at our library. It is very popular with our patrons, especially when we display a new artist.

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  • NER BECK: Manhattan Madrid Barcelona

    Riverside Library
    June 16th, 2017 - July 27th, 2017

    Come visit the Riverside Library, just adjacent to Lincoln Center, for a special four-part photography exhibition of Ner Beck’s strange and wonderful images shot in New York City, Madrid and Barcelona. First see his collection of quirky found faces lurking within inanimate objects, that seem to possess many of the same emotions and feelings that everyone can relate to. Then view the reflections exhibit wall with prism-like colors that were built naturally from mirrored building windows, water and glass, that then merge into one final layered composition. Enjoy a quad of photos of lost, dropped and discarded personal objects haphazardly lost or left on the streets by fellow New Yorkers. Finally take a stroll down the streets of Madrid and Barcelona to see what buried visual-treasures were discovered and uncovered there.

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