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  • Sue Willis | The Upper Worlds | Art in the Corner Room Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    August 4th, 2016 - January 22nd, 2017

    Unless there is a program or event the Corner Room, hours are the same as Mid-Manhattan Library hours.

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  • A Writer's Christmas: Dickens & More

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    November 22nd, 2016 - January 8th, 2017

    The arrival of Christmas evokes a range of feelings in most of us—from intense nostalgia, to playful whimsy, to high seriousness, to simple joy. In this respect, great writers are no different. Now on display, from the Library's Berg Collection of English and American Literature, are examples of several different kinds of “holiday spirit” expressed by a small group of literary luminaries. Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, a fable of personal redemption and social reform, became a Christmas favorite since its initial appearance in 1843. Some of the other expressions of Christmas sentiment displayed here are more idiosyncratic.

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  • Katherine Knauer | Big Eye, Version 2 | Art Wall on Third Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    September 8th, 2016 - January 3rd, 2017

    The Art Collection presents the site-specific textile exhibition by artist Katherine Knauer. Big Eye, Version 2 is a trompe l’oeil wall cloth, sponge-printed to appear as a brick wall.  In the center is an enormous single eye staring straight out at the viewer, referencing the ubiquity of security cameras in public areas, retail spaces and institutions, and the sense of being constantly observed. The artist created the eye image with multiple processes, including silk-screened and hand-stenciled fabrics, digitally printed fabrics, hand and machine appliqué, patchwork, machine quilting, twill tape and commercially printed fabrics.

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  • Seward Park Library and Feargal Doyle Present "Ultramarine"

    Seward Park Library
    September 9th, 2016 - January 2nd, 2017

    Seward Park Library and Feargal Doyle Present: “Ultramarine” Exhibit on display from Friday, September 9, 2016 – Monday, January 2, 2017 Seward Park Library Art Wall Gallery on the 3rd floor Join us on Monday, September 26 at 6 pm for a reception.


    Originally from Ireland, Feargal Doyle now lives and works in New York. He moved to New York in 2012 via Thailand, where he and his family spent two years on a life transforming adventure. It was during this time that he turned to painting as his life's passion. Prior to that his career had been in architecture - working for several years with New York based ‘starchitect’ Daniel Libeskind on projects in his native Dublin and in Berlin - and in theatre where he worked as a set designer.

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  • WE ARE HARLEM: People and Places

    Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library
    December 1st, 2016 - January 1st, 2017



    Karin Seastone Stern, Photographer


    The photographs capture the pulse and heartbeat of living in the Harlem community today.  As one busily walks along the streets or pnders the day on the way home at night, there is an interaction with and sense of respect for Harlem's people, history, and culture in every step.

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

    Chatham Square Library
    September 28th, 2016 - December 31st, 2016

    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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  • “Laughter, Agita, and Rage”: Political Cabaret in Isaiah Sheffer’s New York

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    September 13th, 2016 - December 31st, 2016

    In August 2004, the Republican Convention was held at Madison Square Garden. On those evenings, Isaiah Sheffer and Martin Sage stage the first three Thalia Follies at Sheffer's Symphony Space. They were inspired, as the press release promised "by the traditions of European cabaret and American anti-war protest.” That combination of song and dance with parodies inspired by political themes had flavored New York’s entertainment scene since the 1930s.

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  • Life is Art, Art is Life: Raphael Diaz retrospective

    Inwood Library
    November 1st, 2016 - December 31st, 2016

    Inwood Library is thrilled to welcome Raphael Diaz for a retrospective spanning 30 years of paintings. Diaz grew up in Inwood, and some of his first inspiration and creations happened right here at the Inwood Library. This exhibition brings a wonderful local artist full circle.

    In the artist's words:

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  • Alexander Hamilton: Striver, Statesman, Scoundrel

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    June 24th, 2016 - December 31st, 2016

    Alexander Hamilton, an orphaned immigrant from the Caribbean, acted as George Washington’s top aide in the American Revolution, created the American financial system, and waged ideological battles against Thomas Jefferson in the earliest days of American political parties. His vision, ambition, and voluminous writings inspired his admirers, enflamed his opponents, and continue to captivate contemporary audiences. In this exhibition, The New York Public Library presents a selection of its holdings to illuminate the many facets of Alexander Hamilton—a striver, statesman, and scoundrel.

    Think you know Alexander Hamilton? Take our quiz to test your knowledge.

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  • Kazuya Morimoto - Nolita Paintings

    Mulberry Street Library
    October 14th, 2016 - December 30th, 2016

    Recognize that block? You will probably find some familiar sights and places in Kazuya Morimoto's delightful watercolor paintings of locales in Nolita and SoHo. On view at the Mulberry Street Library through December 30th, 2016 on the Ground Floor. 

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