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Past Exhibitions

  • Love in Venice

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    February 10th, 2017 - August 26th, 2017

    This exhibition is part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic.

    A tolerant and secular state, the Venetian Republic originated in the lagoon communities around Venice and existed for half a millennium, from 1297 until 1797. Dominated by a merchant capitalist elite who did business through sea trade, the Republic of Venice enjoyed an autonomy and freedom that was not typical of the rest of Italy, and which for centuries made it a destination for love and pleasure.

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  • Winter Gardens and Seedheads

    St. Agnes Library
    July 3rd, 2017 - July 31st, 2017


    This month St. Agnes Library is featuring a photography exhibition by Upper West resident Mildred Alpern. The theme of the photography exhibition is Winter Gardens and Seedheads, one arc of the ongoing bud-flower-seed cycle. Each month St. Agnes features a different visual artist to display at our library. It is very popular with our patrons, especially when we display a new artist.

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  • NER BECK: Manhattan Madrid Barcelona

    Riverside Library
    June 16th, 2017 - July 27th, 2017

    Come visit the Riverside Library, just adjacent to Lincoln Center, for a special four-part photography exhibition of Ner Beck’s strange and wonderful images shot in New York City, Madrid and Barcelona. First see his collection of quirky found faces lurking within inanimate objects, that seem to possess many of the same emotions and feelings that everyone can relate to. Then view the reflections exhibit wall with prism-like colors that were built naturally from mirrored building windows, water and glass, that then merge into one final layered composition. Enjoy a quad of photos of lost, dropped and discarded personal objects haphazardly lost or left on the streets by fellow New Yorkers. Finally take a stroll down the streets of Madrid and Barcelona to see what buried visual-treasures were discovered and uncovered there.

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  • ANORANZAS CARIBENAS/CARIBBEAN BLUES created by Las Picassas Betances Senior Center

    Bronx Library Center
    July 7th, 2017 - July 21st, 2017




    created by Las Picassas, Betances Senior Center

    Bronx Library Cente

    Now open. Ends July 28, 2017

    A reception will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 6:00pm











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  • World War I: A New York Perspective

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    June 30th, 2017 - July 10th, 2017

    One hundred years ago, when the United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, New York City answered the nation’s patriotic call. Since then, The New York Public Library has collected and preserved a wide array of materials that document this moment in New York City history—from photographs and propaganda posters to books, magazines, song lyrics, and more.

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  • The Declaration of Independence, Handwritten by Thomas Jefferson

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    June 29th, 2017 - July 3rd, 2017

    In celebration of the birth of the United States and the democratic values upon which it was founded, the Library is honored to share this renowned historical treasure with all Library visitors for a limited time.Read More ›
  • Viewpoints: Latin America in Photographs

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    March 24th, 2017 - July 2nd, 2017

    The geography, people, and rich culture of Latin America have long inspired photographers to capture visually their experiences and impressions. Their photographs, in turn, entice viewers to marvel at that which is foreign or to reminisce about the familiar. Viewpoints: Latin America in Photographs exhibits over 100 images from the 1860s through the present. Presented in parallel trajectories, the photographs trace the perceptions of foreigners and locals and offer insight into varying cultural perspectives. The exhibition, drawn exclusively from the Library’s immense Photography Collection, is the first devoted solely to the subject of Latin America.

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  • Kevin Lustik and Seward Park Library Present: Sewing at the Seward

    Seward Park Library
    May 2nd, 2017 - June 30th, 2017

  • Auguste Elder

    Jefferson Market Library
    June 9th, 2017 - June 30th, 2017

     Auguste Elder’s solo exhibition of wood-fired “canopic” urns and votives inspired by the historic Jefferson Market Library: its history, environs, and communities. The works are wheel-thrown and narratively embellished with carved elements, as well as low and high relief appliqué forms. The appliqués were cast from life from various sources, including human bones, living beings, found objects, and most importantly, from selected architectural stonework in-situ at The Jefferson Market Library.

    “Urns and votive offerings in this collection hint at the lives that have passed through, and continue to populate these chambers, halls, and alleys: lives hidden, at risk, lost, or invisible. They pay homage to those on the run, and those standing their ground to bear witness and resist.” –Auguste Elder

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  • Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    October 31st, 2016 - June 30th, 2017

    The Society of London Theatre and London's Victoria and Albert Museum have partnered with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center to celebrate the extraordinary story of the world's two greatest theatrical districts, London's West End and New York's Broadway in a ground-breaking new exhibition—Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London.

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