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Current Exhibitions

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

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

    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

    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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  • Viewpoints: Latin America in Photographs

    Open now. Ends June 28th, 2017.

    The geography, people, and rich culture of Latin America have long inspired photographers to capture visually their experiences and impressions. Their photographs, in turn, entice viewers to marvel at that which is foreign or to reminisce about the familiar. Viewpoints: Latin America in Photographs exhibits over 100 images from the 1860s through the present. Presented in parallel trajectories, the photographs trace the perceptions of foreigners and locals and offer insight into varying cultural perspectives. The exhibition, drawn exclusively from the Library’s immense Photography Collection, is the first devoted solely to the subject of Latin America.

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  • Love in Venice

    Open now. Ends August 26th, 2017.

    This exhibition is part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic.

    A tolerant and secular state, the Venetian Republic originated in the lagoon communities around Venice and existed for half a millennium, from 1297 until 1797. Dominated by a merchant capitalist elite who did business through sea trade, the Republic of Venice enjoyed an autonomy and freedom that was not typical of the rest of Italy, and which for centuries made it a destination for love and pleasure.

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Special Displays

Special Displays are smaller presentations at research library locations that draw from our collections and focus on a specific topic, including current events.

  • Jill Kupin Rose Gallery

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Open now. Ongoing.

    This ongoing exhibition consists of large wall panels with photographs, text, objects, and videos illustrating the history and the vast array of collections, services, and users of The New York Public Library's Branch and Research Libraries. The Jill Kupin Rose Gallery was created in 1998 by former New York Public Library Chairman Marshall Rose in memory of his late wife, Jill Kupin Rose.Read More ›

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