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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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  • 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.

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  • New Century Artists, INC. Presents: Envision the Dream

    Riverside Library
    December 1st, 2016 - December 30th, 2016

    Join us as we experience the latest exhibition at the Riverside Branch with  various artists from New Century Artists.

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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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  • National Association of Women's Artists - Celebration

    Mulberry Street Library
    November 1st, 2016 - December 30th, 2016

  • Flights of Fancy: Etchings & Linocuts by Martha Ives

    Morningside Heights
    December 1st, 2016 - December 30th, 2016

    In etchings, lithographs, and vibrantly colored linocuts, the images of Martha Ives depict a world where imagination reigns, where shape and color come together in dynamic movement, forming narratives awaiting interpretation. Martha thinks of herself as a bit of a surrealist, using reality as a jumping off place for a world that exists in her mind. Though she has worked in many mediums, printmaking—with its endless possibilities and unique limitations—seems to free her imagination more than any other medium.

    Martha studied art at Antioch College, the School of Visual Arts, and the Art Students League. She has had solo shows at the Blue Mountain Lake Art Gallery of the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, the Suffern Free Library, and the St. Agnes Library.  Her work has appeared in many group shows, most recently at the Salmagundi Club, the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, NJ and the Belskie Museum in Closter, NJ.

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  • Art and the Colors of Life By Carlos Hugo Suarez

    Bronx Library Center
    October 3rd, 2016 - November 30th, 2016

    Bronx Library Center

    Latino & Puerto Rican Cultural Center

    Puerto Rican Heritage Gallery

    The Art and the Colors of Life


    Carlos Hugo Suarez

    October 3-November 30, 2016

    6:00-8:00 pm

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    Reference desk for more information

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  • Katherine Knauer | Observed | Art in the Windows Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    September 8th, 2016 - November 30th, 2016

    On view day and night

    The Art Collection presents the site-specific textile exhibition Observed by artist Katherine Knauer. The small Fifth Avenue windows are lined in fabrics designed by Katherine Knauer and commercially printed with repeating images of eyes staring out at the viewer.  The focus of the south vitrine is a framed detail of Rembrandt’s alarmed-looking 1630 self-portrait, enlarged and transformed by adding color and through the use of PhotoShop, then silk-screened onto fabric and layered over coordinating fabric prints. 

    The north vitrine, lined in a different fabric print that continues the theme, contains a three-dimensional collage of various eye images printed on card stock, then stitched together in assorted Jacob’s Ladder configurations. These pieces can also be considered to be a form of Artist's Books.

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  • Bobbi Beck, Unmasked: An Exhibit of Autobiographical Artworks

    Morningside Heights
    September 29th, 2016 - November 29th, 2016

    We all wear different masks everyday depending on what we think is in store for us as we move through our lives. All of the pictures in this exhibition reveal Bobbi Beck’s inner world expressing common feelings and emotions we constantly face. Each picture focuses on a unique aspect of life that also probably have at one point or another been part of your own personal narrative. Her intriguing and telling compositions are cloaked with symbols, decorative elements, anthropomorphic figures, historical references and mythology, all converging in her mind’s eye and then mirroring back at the viewer. As an admirer of art and design from various cultures and histories she weaves those complex visual elements into each and every piece that she creates.

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  • Pauline Yun: Recent Works

    Riverside Library
    November 2nd, 2016 - November 28th, 2016

    In this group of oil paintings, Pauline Yun explores the realm of enchantment and delight through the use of color and multi process mark-marking.  Her intention is to uplift and inspire the viewer by revealing a world that belongs to all of us.

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