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Past Exhibitions

  • 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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  • ANORANZAS CARIBENAS/CARIBBEAN BLUES created by Las Picassas Betances Senior Center

    Bronx Library Center
    July 7th, 2017 - July 21st, 2017




    created by Las Picassas, Betances Senior Center

    Bronx Library Cente

    Now open. Ends July 28, 2017

    A reception will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 6:00pm











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  • World War I: A New York Perspective

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    June 30th, 2017 - July 10th, 2017

    One hundred years ago, when the United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, New York City answered the nation’s patriotic call. Since then, The New York Public Library has collected and preserved a wide array of materials that document this moment in New York City history—from photographs and propaganda posters to books, magazines, song lyrics, and more.

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