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The New York Public Library offers free major exhibitions and special displays at three of its research library locations—the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Library for Performing Arts, and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture—and community showcases at many of its circulating branch locations throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. See what’s showing right now.


Exhibitions are major presentations on wide-ranging subjects in galleries and similar spaces at research library locations.

  • A Curious Hand: The Prints of Henri-Charles Guérard (1846-1897)

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Opening soon. November 2nd, 2016 - February 26th, 2017.

    Described by the influential nineteenth-century art critic Roger Marx as “the engraver of curiosity par excellence,” Henri-Charles Guérard was one of the most skilled and inventive French printmakers of his day. It was to Guérard that the Impressionist painter Édouard Manet turned whenever he needed help making etchings, no doubt owing to Guérard’s expertise as a professional printmaker as well as to his innovative approach to the medium. He reacted to a broad array of artistic styles and worked in a variety of print techniques, testing the boundaries of each. Particularly noteworthy in this regard are his works that respond to the nineteenth-century vogue for Japanese ukiyo-e woodcuts, which embody some of the artist’s most original expressions. 

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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
    Opening soon. 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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  • Love in Venice

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Opening soon. 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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Community Showcases

Community Showcases are presentations of different sizes at select branch locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island that speak to community interests and highlight the work of groups, organizations, and individuals.

  • Life is Art, Art is Life: Raphael Diaz retrospective

    Inwood Library
    Opening soon. November 1st, 2016 - December 31st, 2016.

    Inwood Library is thrilled to welcome Raphael Diaz for a retrospective spanning 30 years of paintings. Diaz grew up in Inwood, and some of his first inspiration and creations happened right here at the Inwood Library. This exhibition brings a wonderful local artist full circle.

    In the artist's words:

          When I was I child I went to the Inwood library to wait for my mother to come out of work. She worked in a factory like many people of our community. At the library I felt safe and secure. The librarian was caring and make me feel welcome. I started reading books about Modigliani, Klimt, Van Gogh and many other artists. The Inwood library was my second home. Today… as life goes around I am back at the Inwood library to shared my paintings and my story. My mother is not here any more but her spirit and love for the city goes on through my work. There is no place in New York City that I feel more proud to show my work than this library. 

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