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Exhibitions at NYPL


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.

  • Artifacts of Change

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Open now. Ends April 29th, 2018.

    This timely exhibit features memorabilia from maverick artists of the ‘60s—Allen Ginsberg, Jimi Hendrix, Elaine Summers, and others.Read More ›
  • Black Power!

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    Open now. Ongoing.

    Like no other ideology before, Black Power—a multiform and ideologically diverse movement—shaped black consciousness and identity and left an immense legacy that continues to inform the contemporary American landscape.Read More ›
  • Picturing the City: Illustrated Maps of NYC

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Open now. Ends July 16th, 2018.

    Guest-curated by author Katharine Harmon, Picturing the City features a diverse selection of illustrated maps spanning six centuries, from Manhattan’s earliest days as the hub of a new Dutch colony to a lighthearted depiction of the city in the 22nd century.Read More ›
  • Portraits of American Playwrights

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Open now. Ends May 5th, 2018.

    Bronwen Sharp is an award-winning portrait photographer and has spent the last 10 years photographing theatre in London’s West End. She has a specific interest in and passion for photographing playwrights.Read More ›
  • Shared Sacred Sites

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Open now. Ends June 30th, 2018.

    For more than 100 years, The New York Public Library has collected thousands of religious books and manuscripts in order to preserve and make accessible the rich history of world religions, including the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Drawn from divisions across the Library’s research collections, the objects on display represent centuries of creativity that tell the story of these religions and the varied interactions among followers of different belief systems.Read More ›
  • You Say You Want a Revolution: Remembering the 60s

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Open now. Ends September 1st, 2018.

    Discover the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s in this comprehensive exhibition which explores the breadth and significance of a pivotal era.Read More ›

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.

  • Kevin Lustik: In Stitches

    Kips Bay Library
    Open now. Ends April 30th, 2018.

    Kevin Lustik has been creating art for more than 30 years.  He sews buttons, beads, ribbons and found objects into cloth, paper and photographs -- all of which give his work a 3D effect.  We hope you'll come in and take a look.  Kevin's pieces will be on display at the Kips Bay Branch until the end of April.


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  • Art Exhibit of Grace Ko (Won Hee Bu)

    St. Agnes Library
    Open now. Ends April 30th, 2018.

    Born in South Korea, Grace Ko (Won H. Bu) is a prominent and highly respected landscape painter who received her training at The Art Students League of New York in 2000. 

    Her oil on canvas paintings portray realistic pictures of nature as inspired by her travels throughout Europe, Korea and the United States.





    From her diary, Love is Nature, Grace Ko writes,

    “Nature is Love. Nature is the Masterpiece.

    What a precious gift it is to paint every day!

    How I wish to convey the mighty Mother Nature

    to my humble canvas.”

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  • BOBBI BECK: Awakening Springtime

    Morningside Heights
    Open now. Ends May 29th, 2018.

    Bobbi Beck celebrates the arrival of spring with her latest collection of artworks at the Morningside Heights branch of the New York Public Library. This is the perfect time to dust off winter, head outdoors, and enjoy a breath of fresh visual air at the library’s gallery space. Get some exercise by climbing up the staircase and at the same time view Bobbi’s unique creations. Treat yourself to a fresh bouquet of artworks completed over the cold winter months, that will lift your spirits and may make you think about changes that we all can make to warm the political and social climate that we all might have recently tried to adjust to. 

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  • Elizabeth Bram - Echoes, Rainbows and Dreams

    Mulberry Street Library
    Open now. Ends June 30th, 2018.

    ECHOS, RAINBOWS AND DREAMS is an exhibit of ten of Elizabeth Bram’s paintings.The artwork is bursting with color and life and is displayed within the intimate environment of the New York Public Library’s Mulberry Street Branch (10 Jersey Street, one flight down in the children’s room). Ms. Bram’s published children’s books will also be on display. Elizabeth Bram has painted all her life in her own unique, colorful, stream-ofconsciousness way. She started as a child drawing on the walls of her family’s house and on her parents’ books. She once created a collage on the driveway of the house using the ingredients for dinner that night. With Ms. Bram’s freedom to be creative fully supported at home, she went on to develop her own style of art which she calls “art as meditation.” She has independently toured her paintings in Europe, Canada and all across the United States. She translated the titles of her works into French for a show at La Maison de La Ville in 

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  • Fred Gutzeit - Four Sidewalks

    Mulberry Street Library
    Open now. Ends December 30th, 2018.

    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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  • GLOBAL GRAFFITI – Photography Nancy C. Evers

    Bloomingdale Library
    Open now. Ends May 31st, 2018.

    I have always been drawn to graffiti, once painted in secret and in dark, remote places. In the 80s and 90s, this style of aerosol can painting had morphed into urban street art and had changed from a frowned-upon art form into a desirable one sanctioned by cities and municipalities such as Montreal, Canada, Asheville, NC and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It had become art that no longer needed to hide. Urban street art is now found all over the world. I have photographed graffiti in London, Barcelona, Brussels, Bruges, Paris, Venice, Athens, and Switzerland, as well as in New York City, Denver, CO, Cambridge, MD and Matlachat, FL.

    Come and enjoy this exhibition and know that I will continue my quest for this unique and wonderful expression of the human spirit known as GRAFFITI.

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  • Gyorgy Madarasz - Signs on Canvas

    George Bruce Library
    Open now. Ends April 28th, 2018.

    The selected works represent a certain re-arrangement and rethinking of ordinary signs.  In the process, they form a new aesthetic by exploring the visual possibilities.  They are not about illustrating stories, rather creating a pictorial drama.  The utilitarian properties are being stripped by shifting and varying the shapes and hues.

    Gyorgy Madarasz was born in Hungary.  He obtained his BFA from the University of Fine Arts in Budapest.  He moved to New York in 1984 where he exhibited in various galleries.  In 1989 he took part in the invitational show at Ward Ness Gallery, The Cooper Union, the Williamsburg based Sideshow Gallery, the Cynthyia Brown Gallery, the Tate Chelsea online Gallery and the Fashion Institute of Technology, and at the Bleecker Street Gallery.  He also received the Esther and Adolpho Gottlieb Grant in 1995.  In 2003, he participated in an artist residency at Saint Michael’s College, Burlington, VT.

    Please join us for an Artist Talk 

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  • Infinite Archive: NYPL

    Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library
    Open now. Ends September 4th, 2018.

    The New York Public Library’s Harry Belafonte 115th Street branch will host the exhibition Infinite Archive: NYPL, from Thursday, April 5, 2018 through Tuesday, September 4, 2018 on the second floor of the  Library at 203 West 115th Street. The exhibition introduces a diverse group of 30 artists, each responding to a book, poem, periodical or other archival material from The New York Public Library’s vast collection. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 5th from 5:00-6:30 pm.

    The art collective, Infinite Archive, curated the exhibition to include artists working across a wide spectrum of media. The pieces range from paintings, prints, photography, assemblage as well as wood, metal and ceramic sculpture in response to fiction, non-fiction, periodicals, and prints in the NYPL’s collection. The breadth of artwork reflects the broad nature of the Library’s holdings.

    Responding directly to literary works, each artwork presents a complex dialogue 

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  • Jonathan Kreuter - Photographs

    96th Street Library
    Open now. Ends April 30th, 2018.

    1st & 3rd floors 

    Photographs by Jonathan Kreuter

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  • Mike Jacobs Art

    Bloomingdale Library
    Open now. Ends May 31st, 2018.

    Mike Jacobs is a New York-based artist. Born and raised in an urban setting, he began drawing in his early 20's after a family friend handed him a technical pen. "While I took art in high school, it didn't really speak to me, but that pen opened a door. It just felt right in my hand, and I began to draw, letting the pen guide me."

    From that time on, he set out to teach himself to draw and later paint, depending on a newly discovered visual imagination, which blossomed as his experiments with color, form, composition, and style evolved. Confident of finding his way, Jacobs found inspiration in artists who spoke to his unconscious, liberating the images in his head. His current materials incorporate colored pencils, gel pens and acrylic paint markers on black board. His motifs include scenes from the worlds of music, sports, nature, and personal preoccupations.

    "I am self-taught, but hardly an 'outsider.' I live in New York City; my visual heroes are Stuart Davis 

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  • NER BECK: Looking Up, Down & Around Town

    Mulberry Street Library
    Open now. Ends June 27th, 2018.

    Photographer Ner Beck wanders through city streets and sidewalks daily, always with camera in hand, to capture what suddenly appears before him and that strikes his visual fancy. Searching for anything and everything in all directions, looking up at glass on buildings, down at concrete and asphalt, and turning corners to find a new pathway he has never traveled on before. This exhibition has three groupings: New York Reflections is a series of photographs of glass surfaces and water that form natural colorful shifting collages as you pass by them. Lost, Dropped & Forgotten is a collection of everyday personal objects accidentally left behind by city sidewalk walkers of all ages. And finally, Found Faces, a portrait gallery of funny and sometimes scary head shots formed by inanimate objects having human facial features and emotions, that may make you laugh or feel a little uneasy as they stare back at you. Most of these images only exist for a few moments in time when 

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  • Terminis

    Jefferson Market Library
    Open now. Ongoing.

    Who are we if we don’t have a home on the map? Strangers are those stuck in the space between locations. When moving from, you are nowhere and ungrounded. To travel is to merge the past with the present and with the future. Yet, in a world that defines us by our pasts, how can we be present when what we’ve left behind is irreplaceable in the now? And is it possible to return to the start when you find yourself stuck in a limbo along the journey to somewhere new? Terminis is a solo show contextualizing a single installation by Brooklyn-based artist, Victoria Manganiello. Exploring  the intersections between materiality, space, philosophy and storytelling,  this installation is a part of the pattern of her work.

    About the artist

    Victoria Manganiello is an artist, educator and producer. She creates paintings and installations by spinning, dying  and weaving her own canvases, using  materials like synthetic and natural dyes, cotton, silk and other mixed 

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