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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.

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

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Open now. Ends 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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  • Archives of Sound

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Open now. Ongoing.

    Archives of Sound is an interactive audio installation created by art collective, Kinokophone.  It is inspired by by The New York Public LIbrary for the Performing Arts's audio colelctions and features prominently unique recordings from The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, which is among the largest archives of its kind.  The installation experiments with new ways of presenting archival audio collections, explores sound technology's role in shaping experiences of the past and present and makes the behind-the-scenes world of the audio archives audible.  Listeners will discover the archival practices that bring the audio archive to life and explore aspects of the collection they may otherwise never see nor hear.

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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
    Open now. Ends 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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  • David Gordon: Archiveography - Under Construction

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Open now. Ends April 6th, 2017.

    What do you call an artist who would title a work Autobiography of a Liar? A postmodernist.  (Ba dum.) Suzanne Carbonneau, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Journal 2002. What do you get when a seminal postmodern choreographer donates his archives? A “reconsideration of conventional archival methodology,” naturally, along with a series of new, experimental workshop performances re-examining the artist’s past. Michael Cooper, The New York Times, January 7, 2016

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  • New York’s Stone River: Maps and Profiles of the Erie Canal

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Open now. Ends April 13th, 2017.

    2016 marks 200 years since New York State’s legislature authorized the construction of the Erie Canal, one of the most ambitious public works project in this nation’s history, connecting the farmlands of upstate N.Y. and the American Midwest with the merchants and consumers of New York City. Work on the 363-mile man-made river began on July 4, 1817 and was completed in 1825; originally 40 feet wide and 4 feet deep, its success as a means for transporting people and goods would result in its expansion to 70 feet wide and 7 feet deep in the later half of the 19th century.

    This display features historic survey maps and land elevation profiles with canal vignettes that document the design, construction, and daily use of the Empire State's engineering marvel and "Eighth Wonder of the World"—the Grand Canal.  

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  • Protests in Print

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Open now. Ends April 30th, 2017.

    The term “alternative press” is used by librarians, publishers, authors, and artists to group together forms of print that diverge from the production and distribution methods of conventionally published materials. As a platform for both personal expression and social justice activism, this alternative print culture continues to play a vital role in the dissemination of information not included in mainstream publications. Although the hierarchy between conventionally and alternatively published media is far from balanced, the initiatives taken by marginalized communities to personally represent their lived experiences is a radical attempt to equalize the production, distribution, and consumption of information.

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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.

  • Reflecciones del Alma by Jaime Castillo Rencoret

    Bronx Library Center
    Open now. Ends January 31st, 2017.

    Bronx Library Center

    Latino & Puerto Rican Cultural Center

    Heritage Gallery

    Reflecciones del Alma /Reflections of the Heart

    By Jaime Castillo Rencoret

    December 2, 2016 - January 31, 2017

    Bronx Library Center

    Latino & Puerto Rican Cultural Center

    Heritage Gallery

    Reflexiones del Alma /Reflections of the Heart

    By Jaime Castillo Rencoret

    December 2, 2016 - January 31, 2017

    Biography  (English version)

    Jaime Castillo Rencoret was born in the city of Curico VII Region of Chile. His first steps relating to photography were guided by his parents, when at 14 years of age, he was presented with a camera and encouraged to see photography as art and the possibility to develop this hobby into a profession.

    Jaime pursued his interest in photography by attending classes related to professional photography at the Catholic 

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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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  • Anne Wu | Detour | Art in the Windows Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    Open now. Ends February 1st, 2017.

    On view day and night

    The Art and Picture Collections present the site-specific sculpture installation Detour by artist Anne Wu. Acting as a diptych, the works in the library’s two vitrines are a continuation of the artist’s series of plaster sculptures that reference the geometry of the manufactured urban environment while exploring New York City’s visual language through its signage.

    Artist Amie Cunat joins Anne Wu for An Artist Dialogue Series event on Saturday December 17 at 2:30 p.m. inside the Corner Room on the 1st floor.

    Art in the Windows exhibition series is curated by Arezoo Moseni.

    Artist Statement

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  • Artist Kevin Lustik Returns to NYPL

    Tompkins Square Library
    Open now. Ongoing.

    Kevin Lustik has been creating art for more than 30 years, and his work has been exhibited at fifteen branches of The New York Public Library.  His latest pieces will be on display at the Tompkins Square Branch from November 2016 through early February 2017.

    Kevin Lustik's original artwork has a 3D effect.  He sews buttons, beads, ribbons and even needles into cloth, paper and photographs.  We hope you'll come take a look.

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  • at/rt collages in the key of E / Suenos Dominicano

    Inwood Library
    Open now. Ends February 15th, 2017.

            Ken Ricci, Inwood resident, uses samples of interesting (never iconic) paper ephemera to create improvised collages ( 8"x24" to 2'X4')  in the traditional cut/paste method. Blending color and black/white elements, he creates patterns which appear as rhythmic abstractions at a distance, and, when viewed up close, evoke surprising perspectives and relationships.

     

     

    Cheryl Faust, a native of Brooklyn New York, traveled to the Dominican Republic at the end of the rainy season in 2016. This collection is a photographic discovery of land and seascapes in Punta Cana and Santo Domingo. 

    Meet the Artists Sunday, January 15 from 3-5pm.

     

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  • Bryan LeBoeuf | Plato's Cave | Art Wall on Third Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    Open now. Ends March 20th, 2017.

    The Art Collection presents a site-specific painting exhibition titled Plato's Cave by artist Bryan LeBoeuf. The exhibition title is derived from Plato's Allegory of the Cave. At the heart of his famous work, Plato uses this allegory to compare "the effect of education and the lack of it on our nature." The exhibition features two major large paintings that together present open-ended narratives, allowing the viewer free rein of interpretation thereby functioning as the Allegory of the Cave does.

    Acclaimed novelist Simon Van Booy joins Bryan LeBoeuf for An Artist Dialogue Series event on Saturday January 28 at 2:30 p.m. inside the Corner Room on the 1st floor.

    The exhibition series Art Wall on Third is curated by 

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  • Community Puzzle!

    Jefferson Market Library
    Open now. Ongoing.

    Come on over and indulge your obsessive side by helping put together a 1000 piece puzzle!  Located in our lobby, stop by whenever we are open and enjoy!

    Past puzzles include this one below, Bestsellers:

     

     

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  • Dianne R. Carr's "Bee-liciously yours"

    Riverside Library
    Open now. Ends January 31st, 2017.

    Dianne R. Carr's  "Bee-liciously yours"  

    "Bee-liciously yours" tells the glory of bumblebees through the ficticious-but-could be real story, "Betsy Nimble Bumblebee," and the real life story of bumblebees—their evolution, usefulness, and universal appeal.

    January 14th  and 28th— Bella Rabinovich, Miami Ohio AIP Master’s Student, enlarges the “bee-liciously yours” theme with child-friendly talks and visuals—fourth grade and older.  Two :20-minute talks will run both dates—at 1:00 p.m, and at 2:15 p.m.

    Dianne R. Carr, a native New Yorker, has never been harmed by a bumblebee—in or out of New York State, and attests that no harm has been done to any bumblebee in presenting "bee-liciously yours." Dianne's stories include Dragon Days and Rabbit Ways, Wally the Painting Artist Cat, Tank Talk, Big Kids Little Kids, Tales of the Oonies and more.

    Dianne has produced 

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  • Fred Gutzeit - Four Sidewalks

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

    Fred Gutzeit – FOUR SIDEWALKS, 1978, acrylic on canvas, 72 inches highThese 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, 

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  • Kevin Lustik Exhibition

    96th Street Library
    Open now. Ends January 31st, 2017.

    Kevin Lustik's latest pieces will be on display at the 96th Street Branch of NYPL from December 2016 through January 2017.  His original artwork has a 3D effect.  He sews buttons, beads, ribbons and even needles into cloth, paper and photographs.  We hope you'll come take a look.

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  • Len Cicio

    Morningside Heights
    Open now. Ends January 28th, 2017.

    Hi, I'm Len Cicio, an architectural and landscape draftsman, who works in colored pencils, pen & ink, oil pastels and wax art bars.  My focus are the NYC subways and landscapes of Northern Manhattan of Inwood Park and Washington Heights.  

    I ride the NYC subways every day to work and back.  The subways can appear like a dirty and grungy place to be.  For me, it's surrounded by gothic, abstract, and sy-fy images with wonderful design patterns.  My goal is to show those vibrant colors and patterns that are all hidden in them and bring them out. 

    The great songwriter Laura Nyro had a line from her song "New York Tendaberry," she said- "You look like a city but you feel like religion to me."  That's how I feel about NY too!  It's like a holy place with cathedrals of life and art revealing rich textures with stories and colors that you can feel all around you.

    My landscapes are inspired from Washington Heights, in Northern Manhattan, and the last 

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  • Lynn Croton and Liz Rudey: Drawings/Prints

    Mulberry Street Library
    Open now. Ends March 28th, 2017.

    Join us for an enchanting exhibition of Lynn Croton and Liz Rudey's collective show "Drawings/Prints" on view at Mulberry Street Library from January 5th through March 28, 2017.  The artists reception will be held in the Community Room of Mulberry Street Library on Saturday February 4th from 2 - 4 pm. 

    Liz Rudey is an artist and Professor of Art and Art Education at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. Liz has been working in Sculpture, pottery, and jewlery since she attended Teacher's College, Columbia University, with Lynn Croton in the early 1970's. She began to make prints during a sabbatical from teaching in 2015. Studying with Michael Pellettieri at the Art Students League, Rudey found a natural transition from clay to carving linoleum. An interest in endangered birds became the subject of these prints.  

    The birds featured in 

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  • NER BECK: Bloomingdale & Beyond

    Bloomingdale Library
    Open now. Ends February 18th, 2017.

    Photographer Ner Beck, a Bloomingdale library fan and regular visitor for almost 50 years, has had over 25 solo exhibitions at New York City Public Libraries throughout Manhattan. Ner’s commitment to encouraging local artists to share their work with others in their communities started at his local Bloomingdale Branch many years ago. After his first exhibition there he helped set up and encourage other branches and artists to have full-scale art exhibitions at many other libraries throughout the city. This exhibition (on display in the main reading room) contains photographs of found faces, prism like reflections and lost and dropped personal objects found on the streets in New York City and Europe. Early on Ner made it his goal to visit over 30 library branches to seek out blank walls that could be turned into community gallery spaces for artists, photographers and sculptors to have an opportunity to share their creative works with other New Yorkers. This exhibition of these 

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  • Paintings by Dasha Shkurpela

    115th Street Library
    Open now. Ends January 31st, 2017.

    Originally from Kyrgyzstan, Dasha Shkurpela lives and works in New York. She works in painting, drawing, and sculpture and writes art criticism. Dasha has been regularly participating in exhibitions since 1995. Twice she was a finalist in the Miami University National Young Sculptors Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award and received the George Sugarman Foundation grant in sculpture. Her works have been published in the periodicals Studio Visit  and Chicago Art Journal  and in the books  Fine Arts of Kyrgyzstan , Moscow: Galart, 2013, and Fine Arts in Kyrgyzstan, edited by Gamal Bonkonbaev, AUB, 2007. 

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  • Paul Sunday | Archive / Improv | Photo Walls in Picture Collection Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    Open now. Ends February 27th, 2017.

    The Art and Picture Collections present the site-specific photography exhibition Archive / Improv by artist and educator Paul Sunday. In this new body of work, the artist riffs on a long held fascination with minimalism and the camera. Improvising in the studio and treating images from his personal archive as materials, Paul Sunday creates collage oriented pictures that look at the photo as an object. Deadpan still images are placed into whimsical studio sets with a hint of surrealist humor. Combining elements of process and play, the images explore borders between photography, installation, painting and sculpture.

    Artist, curator, and cofounder of Minus Space Matthew Deleget joins Paul Sunday for An Artist Dialogue Series event on Saturday December 3 at 2:30 p.m. inside the Corner Room 

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  • Seward Park Library and Mija Jung Present: "Painter's Third Eye"

    Seward Park Library
    Open now. Ends February 28th, 2017.

     

    Artist Reception

    Thursday, January 19, 6-8 pm

    192 E. Broadway, 3rd floor

     

    Exhibition from:

    January 10th – February 28th

     

    http://www.mijajung.com

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  • Still Life Paintings By Children of Orange Line Studio

    South Beach Library
    Open now. Ends February 28th, 2017.

    Stop by the library to see this lovely exhibition of still life paintings created by the children at Orange Line Studio.

    About the exhibition: "This exhibition is all about STILL LIFES. Drawing and painting still lifes is a great exercise for a young artist. Besides, looking closely at everyday objects such as fruits, dishes and flowers helps us learn to see and appreciate beauty."

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  • Sue Willis | The Upper Worlds | Art in the Corner Room Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    Open now. Ends January 22nd, 2017.

    Unless there is a program or event the Corner Room, hours are the same as Mid-Manhattan Library hours.

    The Art Collection presents the site-specific sculpture exhibition The Upper Worlds created by artist and academic Sue Willis. A companion to her Art in the Windows site-specific installation of the same title, this exhibition includes works representing the upper worlds, and consists of life-size porcelain and faux-fur wildlife, small human figures and the tree of life in three columns of silk flowers and mixed materials. The sculptural installations in the two large scale windows facing Fifth Avenue reflect unity and transcendence, occurring when our collective positive energies reach critical mass, and also an aftermath of destruction with cause for hope.

    In additon to the Fifth Avenue 

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  • Wall of Hope

    South Beach Library
    Open now. Ongoing.

    If you could write down one hope for the future, what would it be? Grab a sticky note, write down your hope and post it on our “Wall of Hope.” We hope to see our wall grow with your wishes throughout the month of January! For all ages. 

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