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Past Exhibitions

  • Sources of Inspiration: Celebrating Library Lions 2017

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    October 17th, 2017 - November 5th, 2017

    The New York Public Library is delighted to recognize Tom Brokaw, Michael Chabon, Carla Hayden, Colson Whitehead, and Robert Wilson as our 2017 Library Lions.

    Each fall at its Library Lions gala, The New York Public Library celebrates the exceptional men and women who have forever changed the fields of arts, letters, and scholarship. This display highlights the inspirations of those we are honored to call this year’s Library Lions. Shown here are items they chose as important to them, alongside items from the Library’s collections by the great luminaries who have influenced our Lions’ careers.

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  • Kevin Lustik: Needlepoint and Cross-Stitch

    Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library
    August 31st, 2017 - November 1st, 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.

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  • Prints by Jihoe Koo

    Bloomingdale Library
    September 5th, 2017 - October 31st, 2017

    Jihoe Koo is a New York based artist whose work spans multiple media from printmaking, installation, sculpture and window display.Read More ›
  • Hilary Knight’s Stage Struck World

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    April 25th, 2017 - October 14th, 2017

    Hilary Knight was born stage-struck, ninety years ago. Best known as the illustrator of the American classic Eloise, he cites the performing arts as the single greatest influence on his life and career.

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  • ESOPUS and Marco Maggi present “Drawing Set”

    Jefferson Market Library
    September 5th, 2017 - October 2nd, 2017

    The nonprofits arts publication ESOPUS strives to break down barriers and encourage interaction between artists and the public whenever possible. For ESOPUS 24, currently on newsstands—and available at every branch of the New York Public Library thanks to the generosity of an ESOPUS donor—artist Marco Maggi created "Drawing Set," a fascinating artist’s project consisting of a sheet of tiny, customized decals designed by Maggi along with a removable blank page. He has asked readers to create artworks with the tools he’s provided and send them to the publication. He and ESOPUS will curate an exhibition of these submitted works in the Little Underground Gallery at the Jefferson Market Library that runs from September 5th to October 2nd.

    Maggi will be present for an opening reception on Tuesday, September 5th, from 6 to 8pm.

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  • Seward Park Library Presents: Tesatawiyat by Mina Ao & Bryce Kanbara

    Seward Park Library
    July 5th, 2017 - September 30th, 2017

    Seward Park Library Presents:


    by Mina Ao & Bryce Kanbara

    July 5 – September 30

    Artist Reception: Thursday, August 3, 6-8pm

    Tesatawiyat means "come in" in Mohawk. This is a photo project by Mina Ao and Bryce Kanbara, with members of the Aboriginal community in the Hamilton region (Ontario, Canada), sharing their stories in their homes. This project started almost three years ago as an attempt to foster understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Ao and Kanbara began by introducing themselves to the Aboriginal community in Hamilton and educating themselves about the culture and the community's concerns. During that time, the public focus on Aboriginal issues in Canada was sharpened by events such as The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Idle No More and the call for a national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

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  • Toby Rabiner Exhibit

    Morningside Heights
    August 30th, 2017 - September 30th, 2017


    In the early 2000s, before green was the new black, I read about the imminent extinction of most animal species.  Since I had spent many years as a teacher it became my mission to spread the word using the tools of an artist.  

    As my work developed, I became apprehensive about our own imminent extinction if we didn’t adapt.  

    I did a series of drawings on this subject named Parallel Extinction. I included early hominids with homo sapiens to suggest that we, like them, might become a blip in evolution.  

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  • Sandra Jetton: Cuba

    St. Agnes Library
    September 1st, 2017 - September 30th, 2017



    In February, 2014, my husband and I took a Photo Adventure tour to Cuba, exploring Havana and the countryside with several other photographers.

    My eye was drawn to the older parts of the city with its now-crumbling, once-grand architecture, but still-vibrant colors. I found it poetic and frozen in time. But nothing has diminished the strong spirit and resilience of the people. They were warm and welcoming, inviting you into their homes to share a piece of their lives.

    The streets of Havana, the main place of social interaction, interested me the most; men playing dominoes, children with soccer balls, and of course the famously restored old cars.

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  • Images of Thailand

    Bloomingdale Library
    September 1st, 2017 - September 30th, 2017

    The exhibit is the result of her recent trip to Thailand and captures the visual and aural richness of the country, the culture and its people. Read More ›
  • Pastimes and Times Past

    Bronx Library Center
    August 3rd, 2017 - September 28th, 2017

                    Pastimes and Times Past   (Pasatiempos y Tiempos Pasado) by Sara Morales & Vivian Lipman Denis

    Our happiest times are those leisurely moments that were spent with family and friends. Although the years have put distance between the sights and sounds of our past, they remain just close enough to stay within our emotional reach.

    The exhibit “Pastimes and Times Past” (Pasatiempos y Tiempos Pasado) contain works that serve as portals to that happy, laughter-filled past.

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