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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.

Current Exhibitions

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

  • Black Power!

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Open now. Ends December 30th, 2017.

    On view in the Main Exhibition Hall | Curated by Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf

    The concept of Black Power was introduced by Stokely Carmichael and fellow Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) worker Willie Ricks in June 1966. Like no other ideology before, the multiform and ideologically diverse movement shaped black consciousness and identity and left an immense legacy that continues to inform the contemporary American landscape.

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  • Picturing the City: Illustrated Maps of NYC

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Open now. Ends April 9th, 2018.

    The New York Public Library’s extensive map collection includes a treasure trove of artistically creative cartography. When maps are embellished with pictures, as they have been since mapping began, we receive geographic information in richer, more engaging ways. Illustrated maps of New York are especially effective in offering exuberant and evolving views of a burgeoning metropolis. It seems only right, after all, that such a flourishing city be depicted with all manner of visual flourishes.

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  • Power in Print

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Open now. Ends March 31st, 2018.

    Power in Print explores the art of the Black Power movement poster, showcasing a variety of aesthetics, styles, and messaging strategies. This collection-based exhibition pulls together dozens of posters from the Schomburg Center’s Art and Artifacts Division. The display also includes a selection of iconic imagery by artist, designer, and former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party, Emory Douglas. Both at the time and in our historical memory, Douglas’s designs came to visually communicate the ideals of Black Power and the political stances of the Black Panther Party.

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  • Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Open now. Ends April 7th, 2018.

    Arturo Toscanini (1867 - 1957) remains among the most revered figures in classical music, due in large part to the dissemination of his work through hundreds of commercially produced recordings and wide-reaching radio broadcasts, which helped to define and perpetuate his cultural significance during the second half of his meteoric career. This exhibition explores the iconoclastic yet beloved conductor’s legacy through the very medium in which he worked: sound.

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  • What's New? Recent Acquisitions

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Open now. Ends February 11th, 2018.

     

    In the Wachenheim gallery, curators from research collections across the Library tell the stories behind our newest holdings, from a book printed in Peru 500 years ago to the set design for the musical In the Heights. On the third floor, more than one hundred of the Wallach Division's newest prints, photographs, and artists' books from around the world are on display.

     

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  • Winter Wonderland: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Open now. Ends January 27th, 2018.

    It is so much a part of the holidays in New York, that it is now hard to imagine a time when George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® did not call for an annual pilgrimage to the ballet. When the ballet debuted in 1954 however, it was not an immediate success. But when a televised and narrated version in 1958 brought the magical world into people’s homes all across America, a classic was born. In 1964 the ballet saw some choreographic changes, and brand new costumes and sets were commissioned from the artists Barbara Karinska and Rouben Ter-Arutunian. The modifications brought iced perfection to an already sweet work, and The Nutcracker® has remained untouched since this time, allowing multiple generations to bond over a shared experience year after year with the New York City Ballet.

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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.

  • Puerto Rico Healing Art

    Bronx Library Center
    Open now. Ends November 30th, 2017.

     

    Let us take you through my photo journey “Precioso Puerto Rico”: past, present and future.  Capturing Puerto Rico or Taino named “Boriken” as was, as is and will be!

     

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  • Anita Thacher - Caravan

    Mulberry Street Library
    Open now. Ends January 1st, 2018.

    We are pleased to invite you to the viewing of the site-specific installation Caravan, a lively painted frieze by Anita Thacher in The Community Room on Lower Level 2 of the Mulberry Street Branch of the New York Public Library.  Playful shapes and colors address the architecture of the room in a long march along one wall, while the shapes are echoed in neutral gray and white along the facing wall. These flag-like bands of rough cotton are embellished with barely visible gold embroidery threads in tribute to historic friezes. Library patrons of all ages – from babies to seniors set Caravan in motion. The work is on display indefinitely, during library hours.

    A reception for Caravan will be held on Saturday December 12, 2015 from 2 - 4:30 pm in the Community Room of Mulberry Street Library on Lower Level 2. 

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  • Artists on Stacks

    96th Street Library
    Open now. Ends November 30th, 2017.

    An exhibit of works by: Young Me Chung, Joe Piscopia, Erica Mapp, and David Gould .

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  • Bobbi Beck: Tapestry Fantasies

    Bloomingdale Library
    Open now. Ends November 25th, 2017.

    Bobbi Beck started doing tapestries after attending art college in the late sixties. At that time only oil paints were available for her to do her art. Not being able to tolerate the odors, she remembered the Medieval tapestries she loved so much as a child, first seen on her early museum visits. What interested her so much was the storytelling those early woven fabrics were able to convey. This sparked the idea to swap her brushes and paints for needle and yarn. Also, in her teenage school years she had home economics classes that exposed her to sewing techniques she still uses today. The hard paint, that viewers were used to seeing in her work was suddenly transformed into a soft, warm fabric effect that everyone seems to be attracted to today. Bobbi always wanted her work, no matter what the media, to convey a message or story that viewers could connect with and relate to through their own life experiences. There are two types of fabric art displayed in this exhibition. The 

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  • BOBBI BECK: Untangling Myself

    53rd Street Library
    Open now. Ends December 29th, 2017.

     

    Bobbi Beck is constantly creating artworks that help her deal with the ups and downs of emotions and feelings that we all confront and contend with every day. Each new piece she creates, helps her to unscramble and make sense of what seems to be an endless barrage of uncertainties that we are bombarded with from all sides. She channels these daily events through her complex compositions, as she takes on political issues, urban life, gender conflicts, ecology, family dynamics, and much more. As you join her on this journey along these picture paths you may see your own self reflected directly back at you in her works. Her style is difficult to describe, but many have commented that her completely original artworks possess hints of Dali, Escher, Beardsley, Mucha and even Goudy. When assembling her preliminary sketches she morphs, twists and intertwines human and animal forms, combined with natural and mechanical elements that are then embellished with rich decorative 

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  • Fred Gutzeit - Four Sidewalks

    Mulberry Street Library
    Open now. Ends December 30th, 2017.

    These four canvases are part of a series of 60 paintings, that started with a painting of a single section of sidewalk.  This was a section of concrete not far from the Mulberry Street Library on Houston Street.  That painting in 1975 was of the bright sunlight on the sidewalk at noon.  Twenty more followed including early morning light, afternoon cloudy light, light from a rain-wet sidewalk, light from a reflected neon sign in a rain puddle, and a fantasy (dream sequence of concrete aggregate forming into geometric patterns).The series of 21 paintings formed a cycle moving from dawn to “new” dawn.  These paintings are 46 inches high, and others are various sizes including works on paper .  The four six foot high canvases here are variations on the patterns of the aggregate – into shifting planes of first dawn and new dawn patterns.Patricia Eakins, in American Artist Magazine – October 1975, says:“Thus these paintings are not really about sidewalks or even 

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  • John Schmidt - A Walk in a (National) Park and I Choose You! - Sketches of Pokemon

    Mulberry Street Library
    Open now. Ends December 30th, 2017.

    Photographer and Illustrator John Schmidt has not one but two exhibitions at Mulberry Street Library this Fall!

    On the Ground Floor - check out A Walk in a (National) Park. From the artist "If you're in New York City, a walk in a National Park is a tad more than a hop, skip and a jump away. A walk in our national parks is a chance to consider the beauty of change - sun, wind, water, pressure below the earth, even us -all have had a hand in shaping what we can see in these parks/. The Grand Canyon was cut by water over time. Saguaro cacti, the kind you see from cartoons and movies, take years to grow to great heights under intense desert heat. A Walk in a National Park invites you to contemplate these majestic sites of change. 

    The panoramic view allows for the sense of expanse of sky and land that encounter you when you're out west, where many of these national parks are clustered. The northeast has a lot of green. In contrast, particularly with the Colorado 

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  • Meagan J. Meehan at Mulberry Street Library

    Mulberry Street Library
    Open now. Ends December 2nd, 2017.

    Artist Biography: Meagan J. Meehan is a publiched author, poet, cartoonist, and produced playwright. She pens columns for the Great South Bay Magazine, Blasting News, and Entertainment Vine. She is also a stop-motion animator and an award-winning abstract artist. Meagan holds a Bachelor's in English Literature and a Master's of Communication. She is an animal advocate and a fledging toy and game designer. 

    Artist Statement: I am an abstract artist whose work is bright and colorful. My work aims to combat the darkness and negativity in the world by showcasing cheerfulness, playfulness, creativity and imagination. If someone looks at my art and smiles then it has fulfilled its purpose. 

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  • Painting Exhibition

    Clason's Point Library
    Open now. Ends November 30th, 2017.

    As part of the Art for a Lifetime program, the Clason's Point Library is hosting an exhibition of the works of the artist in the spring 2017 eight week painting course. Under the instruction of artist Deborah Beck seven artist learned the fundamentals of painting and proudly display their final projects at the Clason's Point Library Gallery. The show is on view until November 30, 2017.

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  • Painting Exhibition

    Clason's Point Library
    Open now. Ends November 30th, 2017.

    As part of the Art for a Lifetime program, the Clason's Point Library is hosting an exhibition of the works of the artist in the spring 2017 eight week painting course. Under the instruction of artist Deborah Beck seven artist learned the fundamentals of painting and proudly display their final projects at the Clason's Point Library Gallery. The show is on view until November 30, 2017.

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  • PLACE / MEMORY

    Jefferson Market Library
    Open now. Ends December 3rd, 2017.

    J GRABOWSKI

    Nov 3 – Dec 3Opening reception Friday / November 3  6-9pm

    J Grabowski lives and works in Manhattan. His work stems from his notebook process that he has continued for over a decade; making work on the go, where ever he is; bringing the studio to the place. He has exhibited at Space 1026, Fuse Gallery, Gathering of the Tribes, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Adobe books, the Berkeley Art Museum, Novella Gallery, Underdonk, St Paul the Apostle and Gallery Ex Libris. J cofounded The Heliopolis Project (2010-15) and runs PUSH Press with Jason Morris.jgrabowski.com

     

     

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  • Summer Painting Exhibition

    Clason's Point Library
    Open now. Ends November 30th, 2017.

    As part of the Art for a Lifetime program, the Clason's Point Library is hosting an exhibition of the works of the artist in the spring 2017 eight week painting course. Under the instruction of artist Deborah Beck seven artist learned the fundamentals of painting and proudly display their final projects at the Clason's Point Library Gallery.

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