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Past Exhibitions

  • Nancy Evers Photo Exhibition

    Bloomingdale Library
    April 1st, 2017 - April 29th, 2017


    St. Agnes Library
    March 18th, 2017 - April 26th, 2017

  • Rose Family Seder Books

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    April 5th, 2017 - April 23rd, 2017

    The Rose Family Seder Books are unique collections of Passover-themed artwork. For the past 60 years, the Rose family has solicited artwork from some of the most prominent American artists to create these seder books for their yearly Passover tradition—a Jewish holiday celebrating the Israelites’ freedom from slavery in ancient Egypt. Thanks to the Rose family’s continuing generosity, the books are now part of the Library’s Dorot Jewish Division. To honor the celebration of Passover, the Library will feature the newly acquired fifth volume in this year's display.

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  • New York’s Stone River: Maps and Profiles of the Erie Canal

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    October 14th, 2016 - April 13th, 2017

    2016 marks 200 years since New York State’s legislature authorized the construction of the Erie Canal, one of the most ambitious public works project in this nation’s history, connecting the farmlands of upstate N.Y. and the American Midwest with the merchants and consumers of New York City. Work on the 363-mile man-made river began on July 4, 1817 and was completed in 1825; originally 40 feet wide and 4 feet deep, its success as a means for transporting people and goods would result in its expansion to 70 feet wide and 7 feet deep in the later half of the 19th century.

    This display features historic survey maps and land elevation profiles with canal vignettes that document the design, construction, and daily use of the Empire State's engineering marvel and "Eighth Wonder of the World"—the Grand Canal.  

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  • David Gordon: Archiveography - Under Construction

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    December 6th, 2016 - April 6th, 2017

    What do you call an artist who would title a work Autobiography of a Liar? A postmodernist.  (Ba dum.) Suzanne Carbonneau, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Journal 2002.

    What do you get when a seminal postmodern choreographer donates his archives? A “reconsideration of conventional archival methodology,” naturally, along with a series of new, experimental workshop performances re-examining the artist’s past. Michael Cooper, The New York Times, January 7, 2016

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  • Hannah Kirshner | Refrigerator Portraits | Art in the Windows Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street
    February 2nd, 2017 - April 3rd, 2017

    On view day and night

    The Art Collection presents the site-specific sculpture exhibition Refrigerator Portraits by artist and culinarian Hannah Kirshner. This exhibition is a continuation of a project that the artist began over a decade ago in which she constructed a vanity table and all its effects as an affected self-portrait.

    In this exhibition the two window vitrines adjacent to the lobby entrance display the contents of two refrigerators, one autobiographical, and the other fictional.

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  • Bobbi Beck’s New York City Days

    Grand Central Library
    January 1st, 2017 - April 1st, 2017

    Bobbi Beck’s days in New York City are spent visually documenting her life through artworks that are inspired by the events she experiences and then copes with everyday. Living and working in cities can be exhilarating and trying at the same time for most of us, facing many of the same trials and tribulations that test our limits in today’s uncertain seesaw world. Her dreamlike images frequently reflect this same urban dilemma, that we all might have been perplexed by and are always struggling to counterbalance and set back upright again. 

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  • Elliott Gilbert: Watercolors

    Jefferson Market Library
    March 2nd, 2017 - March 31st, 2017

    "The interplay of light and dark, and the subtleties and complexities of color, have been for me always part of the challenge:  making something significant of the mundane is another.  There are no unique subjects:  landscapes, interiors, portraits.  The artist's interpretive sense will prevail, and it will be his vision for the art lover to enjoy and judge."

    - Elliott Gilbert

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  • Rand Huebsch: Amended Images

    Bloomingdale Library
    March 7th, 2017 - March 31st, 2017

    The images in this show are phone-camera photos that were "painted" into by means of the phone's Studio program.Read More ›
  • Larry Koster : A Retrospective

    Mulberry Street Library
    January 9th, 2017 - March 31st, 2017


    Larry Koster has been working for eight decades.  A relentless curiosity has fueled his experimentation, resulting in art that refuses to follow an expected trajectory.  Witness East and West, each employing different media and spanning almost forty years.

    From commercial illustration to commissioned portraiture to the golden age of the comic book and culminating in his contemporary graphic novel, Solaris, Koster inhabits a world of timeless imagination and maintains a spirit of hopeful inquiry and comic affirmation.

    Left - Pen & Inkling (2006 – 2009)

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