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  • Sources of Inspiration: Celebrating Library Lions 2016

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    October 21st, 2016 - November 6th, 2016

    The New York Public Library is delighted to recognize Harry Belafonte, Hilary Mantel, Javier Marías, Peggy Noonan, and Colm Tóibín as our 2016 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 features the remarkable talents of those we are honored to call this year’s Library Lions. This display highlights their work—from early drafts to final realizations—alongside items from the Library’s collections by great luminaries who have influenced their careers. Together, these objects represent a legacy of creativity and inspiration that will continue to influence generations to come.

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  • Truman Capote's Black & White Ball: The Party of the Century, 50 Years Later

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    October 21st, 2016 - November 6th, 2016

    The New York Public Library has been home to the papers of renowned author Truman Capote since 1985. The largest repository dedicated to his life and work, the collection ranges from manuscripts and correspondence to photographs, artwork, sound recordings, and other personal miscellany. Since its acquisition, scholars and students of American literature have visited the Library to enrich their understanding of this literary icon.

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  • Editions & Proofs: The Prints of Yolène Legrand

    St. Agnes Library
    October 1st, 2016 - October 31st, 2016

    Yolène Legrand, a Haitian-born, contemporary New York visual artist is well-known for her oils and pastels that have been exhibited nationally and internationally and included in many corporate and private collections. The exhibition at the St. Agnes Library focuses exclusively on another medium, Printmaking, and it features a range of the artist’s encounters with both relief and intaglio techniques: linocuts and woodcuts, along with etchings, aquatints and monotypes.

    Legrand says, “I enjoy printmaking because it takes me back to my childhood in Haiti when I used to draw everything in sight”.

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  • Traces of Sepharad (Huellas de Sefarad): Etchings of Judeo-Spanish Proverbs

    Inwood Library
    September 16th, 2016 - October 22nd, 2016

    Forty-five etchings by artist and Inwood resident Marc Shanker illustrating Ladino proverbs, proverbs in the medieval Spanish spoken by and preserved by the Spanish Jews after their expulsion in 1492.

    Mr. Shanker's naive drawing style mirrors the proverbs' spirit, transforming them into simple images without sacrificing their complex meanings. The etchings reflect the proverbs' appealing mix of common sense, timeless wisdom, pithy humor and irreverence. 

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  • Politics of Persuasion: 150 Years of Presidential Campaigning

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    September 29th, 2016 - October 19th, 2016

    In this display, The New York Public Library is proud to present presidential campaign ephemera dating back nearly 150 years: a lapel pin with a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, a Barry Goldwater bumper sticker, and even a Richard Nixon poster designed to be hung in college dorm rooms. Some offer detailed candidate platforms; others communicate largely through graphic treatment, providing a visual perspective on the ways campaigns have sought to inspire voters on a more visceral level. 

    For more than a century, The  Library has been collecting and preserving an array of local and national political campaign ephemera as part of its world-renowned research holdings—from early lapel pins and stamps to bumper stickers and posters.

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  • Tactile exhibition: The architecture of identity, celebrating history and a shared vision for peace

    Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library
    September 19th, 2016 - October 16th, 2016

    Presented by the Institute for Digital Archeology


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  • Preserving a Masterpiece: From Soaring Ceilings to Subterranean Storage

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    June 17th, 2016 - October 9th, 2016

    Celebrate the legacy of The New York Public Library’s iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street with our new exhibition, Preserving a Masterpiece: From Soaring Ceilings to Subterranean Storage. Known as the People’s Palace, this library is a monumental oasis for New Yorkers who need a quiet place to read, a well of information for scholars, and a must-see destination for visitors from all around the world.

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  • The Brooklyn Watercolor Society: "WATERCOLOR ETUDES"

    Riverside Library
    September 7th, 2016 - October 3rd, 2016

    The Brooklyn Watercolor Society is pleased to offer an exhibit of its members' work to the Riverside Library community from September 7-October 3rd, 2016.  There willl be a special "Meet all the Artists" event with demonstrations and participation by the public on Saturday, September 24th from 1-2 pm followed by a reception from 2-4 pm.  

    All visitors are sure to enjoy the technical and artistic merit of these works.  

    *Please note that when the space is used for branch programming viewing of exhibit may not be available .

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  • Vithya Truong: Paintings

    Jefferson Market Library
    September 10th, 2016 - September 30th, 2016


    Artist  - I was born and raised in Thailand to Vietnamese parents.  At age 12, I moved to a Chicago suburb to be with my extended family.  After college, I moved to New York City and completed my MFA (2007) at the New York Academy of Art.  Since then, I’ve been quietly painting in my little New York City bedroom/studio.

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  • "Somos Latinas" Por Ernesto Camacho

    Bronx Library Center
    August 1st, 2016 - September 30th, 2016


     “This exhibition portrays Latinas in a state of elegance in different scenarios, and more importantly, in papyri of different colors that stems from an amazing history in an array of moods and Colors, often, being viewed as one hue”.

    “My definition of Latina is: Who's a Latina?”

    “Latino/la teeno/ (plural-nos)  A fusion of different people from distant lands who came together with the indigenous populous thru a turbulent past, and blossomed into a new type of people made up of different hues, textured hairs, and colored eyes; all under the umbrella of one language... ...Latino”.

    Artist Statement:

    Ernest Camacho

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