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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.

  • 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 ›
  • Leonard Bernstein at 100

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Open now. Ends March 24th, 2018.

    Drawing from more than 150 photographs, personal items, papers, scores, correspondence, costumes, furniture, and films, Leonard Bernstein at 100 is the most comprehensive retrospective of Bernstein’s life and career ever staged in a museum setting.Read More ›
  • Picturing the City: Illustrated Maps of NYC

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Open now. Ends April 9th, 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 ›
  • 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.Read More ›
  • 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.

    With a particular focus on his 17-year career with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound draws foremost upon the Toscanini Legacy collection of recordings, the single largest collection held by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound at the Library for the Performing Arts.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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  • Blacks in America: The 1960's A Decade of Change

    Westchester Square Library
    Open now. Ongoing.

    Exhibit depicting various scenes in collage form from different events and people who had a major impact on African American history in the 1960's.

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  • BOBBI BECK: Back from the Sixties

    Bloomingdale Library
    Open now. Ends February 27th, 2018.

    Bobbi Beck will be celebrating the spirit of the sixties with her display at the Bloomingdale Library on the Upper West Side. This exhibition continues the theme of several programs throughout the city titled You Say You Want a Revolution: Remembering the 60s. She has assembled a display case containing several items that reflect her participation during that decade. On view is a hand-stitched tapestry, made with yarn and beads, that she created in the summer of 1969, just as the Woodstock concert and anti-war demonstrations were taking place. This piece contains the feelings, shapes, and vibrant colors reverberated in the rock music, fashion, psychedelic posters, and happenings that took place during the Vietnam War and Hippie Era. The subject of this tapestry is the artist’s own hand, with waves of creativity flowing out into space. Also included with her tapestry are several objects and photographs that will take you back on a trip to that period of Peace, Love, and 

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  • CROSSCURRENTS

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

  • Etchings and Monographs by Patricia J Wynne

    Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library
    Open now. Ends February 28th, 2018.

    Patricia J Wynne is a professional artist and book illustrator who lives in New York City with her husband fellow artist Maceo Mitchell, two cats, five canaries, two turtles, eleven lizards and 60 fish.  To find Patricia's books, visit Amazon.com/books/Patricia J Wynne.   Contact her at patriciawynne@mac.com

     

     

     

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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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  • Jonathan Kreuter - Photographs

    96th Street Library
    Open now. Ends March 31st, 2018.

    1st & 3rd floors 

    Photographs by Jonathan Kreuter

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  • Kelly Weiner: Inside, Outside

    Jefferson Market Library
    Open now. Ends February 27th, 2018.

     

    An examination of the self is most commonly known by the self-portrait. Inside, Outside provides the viewer with a fresh and colorful look into the artist. These thirteen paintings explore and interpret, Kelly Weiner, a Brooklyn based artist and graduate of Fordham University. Celebrating her first solo exhibition, the viewer is presented with an introduction to the self through abstracted objects and landscapes.

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  • Lucine Yeghiazaryan - History

    Mulberry Street Library
    Open now. Ends February 28th, 2018.

    On view in our window on Mulberry Street Library is the installation "History" by Lucine Yeghiazaryan. 

    Lucine Yeghiazaryan is a mixed media artist who has collaborated as a window display decorator for The New York Public Library for the last three years. She has been the leading vocalist and designer of the a capella group YY Sisters for the last twelve years. She has served as Artistic Director of Naregatsi Art Institute of Armenia, a non-profit organization which provides artistic education to impoverished children in war stricken Shushi in Nagorni Kharabax. Miss Yeghiazaryan is also the founder of LUCINE Designs which offers a unique variety of hand crafted goods which conbine the inherent beauty of natural materials with evocative design. LUCINE products are available at select boutiques throughout NYC and/or LUCYWHY.ORG Lucine currently resides in New York City. 

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  • Masood A. W. Warren: Harlem's Everyday People (1969-1985)

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

     

    In celebration of Black History Month, the George Bruce Library is proud to present original drawings by Masood A. W. Warren. The drawings depict people living their everyday lives on the streets of Harlem from 1969 to 1985. The sketches are on loan from the private collection of Frank Minaya y Willmore.

    Born in 1907, Masood Ali Wilbert Warren was a highly accomplished painter and sculptor known primarily for his many bronze busts of high-profile entertainers, celebrities and politicians. He attended the Art Students League in New York in the 1930s, participated in the WPA artists program, initiated by President Franklyn Roosevelt to allow Black artists to receive federal grants for art supplies.  Masood Warren earned a Bachelor of Arts from New York University in 1939 and a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University in 1961. 

    Masood Warren has exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the American Watercolor Society, and the National Arts Club, 

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  • NER BECK: Searching City Sidewalks

    Morningside Heights
    Open now. Ends March 26th, 2018.

    Pounding the pavements with your feet and toting a camera in hand can become an urban wonderland of visual discovery, and with each step you take, another piece of haphazardly created street art can be found on any city sidewalk.  A personal object dropped or discarded, refuse that refuses to disappear, a reflection or shadow that catches your eye at just the right angle to create a colorful collage or pattern. Fun faces found in food, and other quirky anthropomorphic characters that seem to be lurking within everyday objects, that may either put a smile on your face or make your hair stand on end. Trash becomes treasure with images of shattered glass, a beat up broom, a torn poster, an old roller skate past its prime, a crying tree and many other fun fantastic items. See heavy metal faces found on manhole covers, iron gates, shovels, rusty radiators, trucks and even meet a utility meter man face to face. So take a walk through this exhibition, shot on the streets of New York and Read More ›
  • Peggy Resnick - Portraits

    Mulberry Street Library
    Open now. Ends March 31st, 2018.

    Peggy Resnick was born and grew up in Akron, Ohio.  From an early age she knew she wanted to be a painter.  All her waking moments were filled with thoughts of painting.Actually no.Peggy had no idea about the visual arts until she left Ohio for college.  At Washington University in St. Louis she took a remarkable drawing course with Mr. Douglas in the Fine Arts department.  That class changed her life and convinced her she was in the wrong field (English).  After completing her degree (in English Literature), Peggy moved to New York to study art at The Cooper Union.  There she found that painting could be her way to explore and find meaning in the world.Peggy still lives and works in New York.

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  • Raices del Caribe Artist: Rafael Velez Jr.

    Bronx Library Center
    Open now. Ends March 3rd, 2018.

    Rafael’s focuses on reviving knowledge of his Caribbean ancestors’ history and ideologies, hoping that viewing these works will spark new interest in the indigenous history of all people that have ancestral roots in the Caribbean.  

    Rafael Velez Jr.

    Artist Statement

    My work is focused on reviving knowledge of my Caribbean ancestors’ history and ideologies.   I hope that viewing these works will spark new interest in the indigenous history of all people that have ancestral roots in the Caribbean.  

    Artist Bio

    Born in Washington Heights, Rafael Vélez, Jr. attended Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Music and Art.  He later earned a BA in Studio Art from Hunter College in 2008 and his MA in Art Education at The City College of New York in 2014.

    Rafael worked as a teaching artist for over 10 years in afterschool programs and day camps around New York City and is currently a certified high school art teacher in the 

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