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  • Music for Moderns: The Partnership of George Avakian and Anahid Ajemian

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    June 21st, 2016 - September 24th, 2016

    This exhibition is derived largely from George Avakian's and Anahid Ajemian's personal archives of photographs, recordings, memorabilia, oral histories, writings, letters, and other papers. It explores both of their careers and, through them, some of the most important musicians of all time. It also provides a unique way of viewing the important musical developments of their era through the lens of both artistic and commercial recording considerations, as well the development of the recording industry as a whole.Read More ›
  • NER BECK: FINDING EYES EVERYWHERE, Photos of lost street art from NYC to Barcelona

    Morningside Heights
    July 19th, 2016 - September 16th, 2016

  • Embracing Chaos: Dada, 100 Years Later

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    August 12th, 2016 - September 6th, 2016

    Embracing irrationality and intuition over reason and logic, Dada was an artistic and literary movement that emerged from the chaos of World War I. It began as a series of performances held at Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich in 1916, organized by a group of artists and writers who were avoiding the ravages of the war. After the armistice, members returned to their home countries where Dada extended to visual art and poetry, particularly in Paris, Berlin, Cologne, Hanover, and eventually making its way to New York. A true “anti-art,” Dada challenged traditional notions of artistic technique and linguistic coherence, aiming to create an anarchic freedom that occasionally verged on nihilism.

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  • Dancers

    Ottendorfer Library
    June 15th, 2016 - September 6th, 2016

    This series of prints on dancers was photographed and printed before digital, a long, long time ago. It was in a Greenpoint studio, since lost to gentrification, where we could explore painting and photography. Most of the shots were actually taken in the old community center called CHARAS/El Bohio on 9th street, whose mission was to cultivate "Culture, Education & Hope." Art that somehow got lost in time, whose geography no longer exists, but lives on, in these photographs. I hope they bring you joy.

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

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    August 4th, 2016 - September 6th, 2016

    On view day and night

    The Art and Picture Collections present the site-specific sculpture exhibition The Upper Worlds created by artist and academic Sue Willis. A companion to her Art in the Corner Room site-specific installations of the same title, this exhibition includes works representing the upper worlds, and consists of offsprings that represent the procreative aspect of The Upper Worlds. 

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  • Stephen Galiczynski Exhibit

    Riverside Library
    July 21st, 2016 - August 31st, 2016

    Artist Stephen Galiczynski has had exhibitions at several branches of The New York Public Library  and will, for the first time be exhibiting his sketches, paintings and driftwood pieces at the Riverside Branch.  His show runs from mid July through the end of August.


    For more information on all of the pieces please contact Stephen Galiczynski at

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  • Time and Distance

    Seward Park Library
    May 10th, 2016 - August 31st, 2016

    Dan Ault - Artist Statement

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  • Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication Takes Dock at St. George

    St. George Library Center
    May 2nd, 2016 - August 31st, 2016

    MMNC Takes Dock at St. George: May through August 2016, at the St. George Library Center!  The Museum is kindly sharing several pieces of historic navigation and communication equipment from its collection, which spans the past several decades.  Please view the exhibit case in the Reference Room, on the lower level.  Special Reception with Museum founder Samir Farag on Saturday, May 21st at 2:00pm.

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  • Fairy Tales of the Four Seasons

    Bloomingdale Library
    June 6th, 2016 - August 31st, 2016

    Sun Circle Art Studio invites you to the fifth annual exhibition of children's creativity.Read More ›
  • All Sewn-Up by Kevin Lustik

    Bloomingdale Library
    August 1st, 2016 - August 31st, 2016

            Kevin Lustik is a self-taught artist who has been sewing for more than 30 years, and his work has been exhibited at 15 branches of the New York Public Library.  His work will be on display at the Bloomingdale Branch for the month of August. Kevin Lustik's original artwork has a 3-D effect.  He sews buttons, beads, and even needles into cloth, paper, and photographs.  We hope you'll come take a look.  Read More ›

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