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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.

  • 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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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.

  • Art and the Colors of Life By Carlos Hugo Suarez

    Bronx Library Center
    Opening soon. October 3rd, 2016 - October 31st, 2016.

    Bronx Library Center

    Latino & Puerto Rican Cultural Center

    Puerto Rican Heritage Gallery

    The Art and the Colors of Life


    Carlos Hugo Suarez

    Opening Monday

    October 3-31, 2016

    6:00-8:00 pm

    Visit the 4th floor 

    Reference desk for more information

     Argentina has a magnificent school of art and training for their artists. Argentina also had great painters and teachers like, Castanino, Spilinbergo, Daneri, Bernini, Uruchua and many more. They left 

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  • Editions & Proofs: The Prints of Yolène Legrand

    St. Agnes Library
    Opening soon. 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”.

    Like her paintings, the prints of Yolène Legrand are inspired by her travels throughout the United States and to Haiti and France.

    For more information about the artist please visit her website:

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  • HERSTORY: Chinese-American Women, 165 Years of Struggle and Success

    Chatham Square Library
    Opening soon. September 28th, 2016 - October 31st, 2016.

    The Chatham Square Branch of the New York Public Library is pleased to present a rare look at Chinese-American women’s history, told through legal cases fought in supreme courts throughout the United States. Using the personal collection of Dr. Chang C. Chen (邱彰博士), Herstory features rare photographs and case descriptions of efforts by Chinese-American women to gain legal standing in the U.S. 

    Starting in 1852, the cases document women who fought for equal treatment in the eyes of the law and for citizenship and immigration rights. One 1874 case from San Francisco describes a group of recent immigrants who were defined as “lewd and immoral” due to their style of dress, and were set to be deported. The women fought back and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in their favor, stating that the California laws were in conflict with federal immigration laws and the women were released. In Tape v. Hurley, 66 Cal. 473 (1885), a landmark case in the 

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