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Past Exhibitions

  • The Spirit of Will Eisner: Celebrating a Graphic Novel Pioneer

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    February 24th, 2017 - March 26th, 2017

    The New York Public Library is delighted to celebrate the legacy of Will Eisner (1917–2005) on the centennial anniversary of his birthday this March. Eisner is universally known as a master of visual narrative and commonly recognized as the father of graphic novels. Often remembered for his masked-detective superhero, “the Spirit,” he is considered one of the most innovative and influential comic book artists of the 20th century. He is also widely credited for popularizing the term “graphic novel” with his groundbreaking 1978 publication A Contract with God. The Library holds an array of notable examples from Eisner’s life and career, in addition to an extensive collection of graphic novels and comics spanning the medium’s history. Students, artists, and comic book aficionados visit the Library to learn more about Eisner’s legacy and study the art of graphic storytelling—an art that continues to grow in popularity and reach new audiences.

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  • Celebrating Lou Reed: 1942–2013

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    March 2nd, 2017 - March 20th, 2017

    In honor of The New York Public Library’s recent acquisition of the Lou Reed Archive, and the 75th anniversary of Reed’s birthday, the Library is proud to display highlights from the collection—including the rock icon’s passport, letters from David Letterman and Paul McCartney, and a hand-knit sweater from a fan.

    This is one of two limited-time displays celebrating Lou Reed at two Library locations—the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street. In addition, NYPL is hosting live performances that bring Reed’s music, poetry, and innovations to life.

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  • Celebrating Lou Reed: 1942–2013

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    March 2nd, 2017 - March 20th, 2017

    In honor of The New York Public Library’s recent acquisition of the Lou Reed Archive, and the 75th anniversary of Reed’s birthday, the Library is proud to display highlights from the collection—including the rock icon’s original drafts of song lyrics, letters from Martin Scorsese and Paul McCartney, and a pair of Reed’s iconic eyeglasses.

    This is one of two limited-time displays celebrating Lou Reed at two Library locations—the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street and the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. In addition, NYPL is hosting live performances that bring Reed’s music, poetry, and innovations to life.

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  • Bryan LeBoeuf | Plato's Cave | Art Wall on Third Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    January 12th, 2017 - March 20th, 2017

    The Art Collection presents a site-specific painting exhibition titled Plato's Cave by artist Bryan LeBoeuf. The exhibition title is derived from Plato's Allegory of the Cave. At the heart of his famous work, Plato uses this allegory to compare "the effect of education and the lack of it on our nature." The exhibition features two major large paintings that together present open-ended narratives, allowing the viewer free rein of interpretation thereby functioning as the Allegory of the Cave does.

    Acclaimed novelist Simon Van Booy joins Bryan LeBoeuf for An Artist Dialogue Series event on Saturday January 28 at 2:30 p.m. inside the Corner Room on the 1st floor.

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  • Community Puzzle!

    Jefferson Market Library
    December 2nd, 2016 - March 2nd, 2017

    Come on over and indulge your obsessive side by helping put together a 1000 piece puzzle!  Located in our lobby, stop by whenever we are open and enjoy!

    Past puzzles include this one below, Bestsellers:

     

     

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  • Seward Park Library and Mija Jung Present: "Painter's Third Eye"

    Seward Park Library
    January 10th, 2017 - February 28th, 2017

     

    Artist Reception

    Thursday, January 19, 6-8 pm

    192 E. Broadway, 3rd floor

     

    Exhibition from:

    January 10th – February 28th

     

    http://www.mijajung.com

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  • Still Life Paintings By Children of Orange Line Studio

    South Beach Library
    December 23rd, 2016 - February 28th, 2017

    Stop by the library to see this lovely exhibition of still life paintings created by the children at Orange Line Studio.

    About the exhibition: "This exhibition is all about STILL LIFES. Drawing and painting still lifes is a great exercise for a young artist. Besides, looking closely at everyday objects such as fruits, dishes and flowers helps us learn to see and appreciate beauty."

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  • Taino Zen Images by Luis Cordero

    Bronx Library Center
    February 2nd, 2017 - February 28th, 2017

    Bronx Library Center

    Latino & Puerto Rican Cultural Center

    Heritage Gallery

    Taino Zen Images 

    By Luis Cordero

    February 2,  2017 - Februray 28, 2017

    Luis Cordero's images are based on photographs taken of Taino sacred objects like cemies and the Atabey sculpture in Utuado, PR. They were then digitized and otherwise colorized in Adobe Photoghop. Exhibit booklet provides the original images before they were edited.​

     

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  • Francine Perlman “Then Till Now”

    Morningside Heights
    February 7th, 2017 - February 27th, 2017

    Works on Paper from 1986 to 2017

    These works follow the continuity in line and palette that persist through the years in Francine Perlman’s works on paper.  The earliest work records a dream. The later works are from a series called “Lost in Infinity” and use the infinity symbol as the starting motif for journeys that create the illusion of deep space in a flat plane.   More and more her work addresses concerns about the current state of US and global issues.

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  • Paul Sunday | Archive / Improv | Photo Walls in Picture Collection Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    September 20th, 2016 - February 27th, 2017

    The Art and Picture Collections present the site-specific photography exhibition Archive / Improv by artist and educator Paul Sunday. In this new body of work, the artist riffs on a long held fascination with minimalism and the camera. Improvising in the studio and treating images from his personal archive as materials, Paul Sunday creates collage oriented pictures that look at the photo as an object. Deadpan still images are placed into whimsical studio sets with a hint of surrealist humor. Combining elements of process and play, the images explore borders between photography, installation, painting and sculpture.

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