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Upcoming Exhibitions


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.

  • The Declaration of Independence, Handwritten by Thomas Jefferson

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

    The New York Public Library holds in its vast collections one of the rarest and most important documents in American history: an original manuscript of the Declaration of Independence handwritten by Founding Father Thomas Jefferson. In addition to being a cornerstone of our country, the Declaration of Independence is one of the great documents of the human intellect and has formed the foundation of democratic movements that have transformed the world for more than two centuries.

    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. All are welcome.

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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.

  • ESOPUS and Marco Maggi present “Drawing Set”

    Jefferson Market Library
    Opening soon. September 5th, 2017 - October 2nd, 2017.

    The nonprofits arts publication ESOPUS strives to break down barriers and encourage interaction between artists and the public whenever possible. For ESOPUS 24, currently on newsstands—and available at every branch of the New York Public Library thanks to the generosity of an ESOPUS donor—artist Marco Maggi created "Drawing Set," a fascinating artist’s project consisting of a sheet of tiny, customized decals designed by Maggi along with a removable blank page. He has asked readers to create artworks with the tools he’s provided and send them to the publication. He and ESOPUS will curate an exhibition of these submitted works in the Little Underground Gallery at the Jefferson Market Library that runs from September 5th to October 2nd.

    Maggi will be present for an opening reception on Tuesday, September 5th, from 6 to 8pm.

    About ESOPUS

    Called “a thing of lavish, eccentric beauty” by The New York Times, ESOPUS has garnered critical praise and a 

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  • Kevin Lustik: Needlepoint and Cross-Stitch

    Mulberry Street Library
    Opening soon. July 1st, 2017 - August 31st, 2017.

    Kevin Lustik, a self-taught artist, has been sewing for over 30 years.  He started by creating quilts, then moved on to original needlepoint designs.  Kevin also employs an original technique of embroidering yarn and thread into found photographs.  Highlights of his collection include a self-portrait, a New York subway map, abstract pieces, and Woman Smoking a Cigarette.  Kevin’s artwork has been exhibited in several venues around Manhattan and will be on display at the Mulberry Branch for the months of July & August of 2017.  

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