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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.

  • 140 Years of Grooved Media: Highlights from the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound

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

    A current case exhibit on the third floor of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts features a selection of grooved media recordings from the Rodgers & Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound. The exhibit celebrates the 140th anniversary of the invention of sound recording, in which sound waves were traced as grooves on a surface.Read More ›
  • 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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  • Hilary Knight’s Stage Struck World

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    Open now. Ends October 14th, 2017.

    Hilary Knight was born stage-struck, ninety years ago. Best known as the illustrator of the American classic Eloise, he cites the performing arts as the single greatest influence on his life and career.

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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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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.

  • 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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  • BOBBI BECK: TIME PASSING

    Riverside Library
    Open now. Ends September 27th, 2017.

    Bobbi Beck wakes up every morning trying to absorb and process the daily events from various sources of media that we all seem to be bombarded with constantly.  Later in the day, at her drawing board, she sorts through this blizzard of information, and tries to mentally shovel her way out by creating a piece of art that helps her cope with the affect that all these events weigh upon us.  It might be news about politics, current events, urban stresses, family dynamics, emotions, or whatever confronts us, that then might have an impact on our lives.  Over several days or weeks, she adds, subtracts and composes  these elements into her final artwork.  After this time cycle is completed, she rewinds and begins this process all over again for her next artwork.  VISITOR COMMENTS: "All of your work expresses different aspects of life." "I am a young artist and although art is my passion there are not many art pieces besides my own that I can relate to and identify with.  Bobbi 

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  • Book Fortune Display

    Jefferson Market Library
    Open now. Ends November 17th, 2017.

    Push a button on our book recommending machine to find out what book lies in your future.

    This program is funded through The New York Public Library's Innovation Project, which is made possible by a generous grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

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  • Dreamscapes: Paintings by Horacio Molina

    Ottendorfer Library
    Open now. Ongoing.

    Horacio Molina was born in Colombia and studied at the University of Antioquia in Colombia. He later settled in New York City. His work has been shown in galleries throughout New York City and South America. 

    "The intrinsic nature of the painting of Horacio Molina struggles in a constant tension, between the visible and invisible world. Basically all his work is a threshold to beyond seen from the symbolic elements of its pictorial universe. There is a spiritual presence that breaks the common perceptions, to one hides importance that alternates permanently in its creative vision."  ~from the artist's statement

     

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  • ESOPUS and Marco Maggi present “Drawing Set”

    Jefferson Market Library
    Open now. Ends October 2nd, 2017.

    The nonprofits arts publication ESOPUS strives to break down barriers and encourage interaction between artists and the public whenever possible. For ESOPUS 24, currently on newsstands—and available at every branch of the New York Public Library thanks to the generosity of an ESOPUS donor—artist Marco Maggi created "Drawing Set," a fascinating artist’s project consisting of a sheet of tiny, customized decals designed by Maggi along with a removable blank page. He has asked readers to create artworks with the tools he’s provided and send them to the publication. He and ESOPUS will curate an exhibition of these submitted works in the Little Underground Gallery at the Jefferson Market Library that runs from September 5th to October 2nd.

    Maggi will be present for an opening reception on Tuesday, September 5th, from 6 to 8pm.

    About ESOPUS

    Called “a thing of lavish, eccentric beauty” by The New York Times, ESOPUS has garnered critical praise and a 

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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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  • Images of Thailand

    Bloomingdale Library
    Open now. Ends September 30th, 2017.

    Nancy is happy to be presenting another exhibit of photographs at The Bloomingdale Library. A long-time West Sider, Nebraska born, she has had a lifelong love of music and is known professionally for her private voice studio, performances on Broadway and regionally, as well as her helming duties as musical director for many cabaret and theatrical productions. Nancy also won the Concert Artist Guild vocal competition in New York and presented to critical acclaim her debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

    The current exhibit -- IMAGES OF THAILAND --is the result of her recent trip to Thailand and captures the visual and aural richness of the country, the culture and its people. 

    Her creative direction has turned toward the colorful and dynamic images exhibited here. Many of the same elements found in music are imprinted in her pictures. You can see - almost hear in her art - the same harmony, moods, patterns and rhythms. When asked what inspires her 

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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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  • Kevin Lustik: Needlepoint and Cross-Stitch

    Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library
    Open now. Ends November 1st, 2017.

    Kevin Lustik, a self-taught artist, has been sewing for over 30 years.  He started by creating quilts, then moved on to original needlepoint designs.  Kevin also employs an original technique of embroidering yarn and thread into found photographs.  Highlights of his collection include a self-portrait, a New York subway map, abstract pieces, and Woman Smoking a Cigarette.  Kevin’s artwork has been exhibited in several venues around Manhattan and will be on display at the Harry Belafonte - 115th Street Library for the months of September &  October of 2017. 

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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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  • Pastimes and Times Past

    Bronx Library Center
    Open now. Ends September 28th, 2017.

                    Pastimes and Times Past   (Pasatiempos y Tiempos Pasado) by Sara Morales & Vivian Lipman Denis

    Our happiest times are those leisurely moments that were spent with family and friends. Although the years have put distance between the sights and sounds of our past, they remain just close enough to stay within our emotional reach.

    The exhibit “Pastimes and Times Past” (Pasatiempos y Tiempos Pasado) contain works that serve as portals to that happy, laughter-filled past.

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  • Prints by Jihoe Koo

    Bloomingdale Library
    Open now. Ends October 31st, 2017.

    Jihoe Koo was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to Paris, France for her study. She earned Diplome from École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, section de la gravure in Paris, France and MFA in printmaking from Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul, Korea. She had solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions including the 5th Sapporo International Print Biennale Exhibitions, Sapporo, Japan, Dumbo Arts Festival in Brooklyn, New York and the 6th Governors Island Art Fair in New York.  Jihoe Koo currently lives in New York and she is a New York based artist whose work spans multiple media from printmaking, installation, sculpture and window display.

     

    My series of printmaking is for childhood and self-rediscovery. Since embarking on the path of motherhood of three kids, I have enjoyed observing my children grow up in New York City where I didn’t grew up but I feared that I was losing myself as an artist and I 

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  • Sandra Jetton: Cuba

    St. Agnes Library
    Open now. Ends September 30th, 2017.

    ARTIST STATEMENT

    CUBA 

    In February, 2014, my husband and I took a Photo Adventure tour to Cuba, exploring Havana and the countryside with several other photographers.

    My eye was drawn to the older parts of the city with its now-crumbling, once-grand architecture, but still-vibrant colors. I found it poetic and frozen in time. But nothing has diminished the strong spirit and resilience of the people. They were warm and welcoming, inviting you into their homes to share a piece of their lives.

    The streets of Havana, the main place of social interaction, interested me the most; men playing dominoes, children with soccer balls, and of course the famously restored old cars.

    Outside Havana we found the countryside of Pinar del Rio, home to some of the largest tobacco growers in Cuba, lush and beautiful. And all along the roads, both city and country, you will find walls painted with murals honoring Fidel, Che Guevara 

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  • Seward Park Library Presents: Tesatawiyat by Mina Ao & Bryce Kanbara

    Seward Park Library
    Open now. Ends September 30th, 2017.

    Seward Park Library Presents:

    Tesatawiyat

    by Mina Ao & Bryce Kanbara

    July 5 – September 30

    Artist Reception: Thursday, August 3, 6-8pm

    Tesatawiyat means "come in" in Mohawk. This is a photo project by Mina Ao and Bryce Kanbara, with members of the Aboriginal community in the Hamilton region (Ontario, Canada), sharing their stories in their homes. This project started almost three years ago as an attempt to foster understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Ao and Kanbara began by introducing themselves to the Aboriginal community in Hamilton and educating themselves about the culture and the community's concerns. During that time, the public focus on Aboriginal issues in Canada was sharpened by events such as The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Idle No More and the call for a national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

    For news and exhibition updates of the project:

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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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  • Toby Rabiner Exhibit

    Morningside Heights
    Open now. Ends September 30th, 2017.

    ARTIST STATEMENT: TOBY RABINER

    In the early 2000s, before green was the new black, I read about the imminent extinction of most animal species.  Since I had spent many years as a teacher it became my mission to spread the word using the tools of an artist.  

    As my work developed, I became apprehensive about our own imminent extinction if we didn’t adapt.  

    I did a series of drawings on this subject named Parallel Extinction. I included early hominids with homo sapiens to suggest that we, like them, might become a blip in evolution.  

    I also did a series on our responsibility to be Shepherds of the Earth by using nearly extinct animals together with religious figures to signify our better selves.  

    I went on to do work about our responsibility to our children’s future and incorporated children’s drawings into my work, series named Not in Front of Children.  

    In the last series, titled Cultural Extinction, I took a wider 

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