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The Schomburg Center for Research of Black Culture recently acquired a collection from performer and gay rights activist, Storme DeLarverie.

Touchable Fiber Art Exhibit by Auspicious Stitches

Hanging quilt with appliques and beads, featuring a green Tara and clouds    Close up of two triangular banners, one of multilayered crocheted flowers and one of a roaring, needle-felted lion's head surrounded by sequins

From June 24th through the summer, the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library's Community Room will host a display of fabric art made by our Auspicious Stitches crafting group. Much of the work was inspired by Himalayan art and culture and features themes of Buddhism and nature. Most of the work is invitingly touchable – check out the techniques of silk knotting, bead work, paper rolls, applique, embroidery, yo-yos, and other skills on the fabric art pieces, including a sampler of skills made exclusively for Heiskell to pique your interest. 

Auspicious Stitches is a volunteer-run, non-affiliated,  long standing, two-hour coming together of participants who range from new to experienced handcrafters who enjoy discovering and creating individual and/or group needlework and fabric art projects. It is free and open to all. Meets Mondays from 12 Noon to 2:00 PM

Open now. Ends September 8th, 2017.

Kevin Lustik: Needlepoint and Cross-Stitch

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 Mulberry Branch for the months of July & August of 2017.  

Opening soon. July 1st, 2017 - August 31st, 2017.

Alza Tu Voz

Artists Space and MS 324 Patria Mirabal present Alza Tu Voz: Social justice posters created by Grade 8 students inspired by the artwork of Emory Douglas. Enhibited in the Teen Space from May 30 to June 27.

Open now. Ends June 27th, 2017.

Are you writer, poet, or artist? Would you like to see your works published? The New York Public Library has an opportunity for you!
When a woman handed me a note that she found folded up inside one of our books and said, “I think you’ll want to read this,” I had no idea what to expect. I definitely didn’t expect to read a note that managed to be so simultaneously tragic and uplifting.

Spirits by the Sea: Sculpture and Photography by Robert Oxnam


For its first exhibition, 53rd Street NYPL has selected the art works of Robert Oxnam, well-known China specialist and former Asia Society president.  Over the past decade, Oxnam has focused what he calls “a Chinese eye” on the coastline of the North Fork of Long Island.   The NYPL exhibition is the first comprehensive show of Oxnam’s works – featuring thirty sculptures and ten photographs.

The sculptures are crafted out of “found wood” from beaches and forests.  Inspired by the famous Chinese “scholars' rocks,” Oxnam seeks to reveal the inner energy in each salvaged piece of wood, using organic paints and waxes to enliven the surfaces.  And when it comes to photographs, Oxnam focuses his lens on small sections of glacial rocks, revealing what William Blake called “seeing the world in a grain of sand.”   The exhibition will take advantage of the NYPL’s spacious modern architecture by presenting groups of sculptures in the open. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, Oxnam will give a lecture on “Chinese Gardens and Scholars' Rocks” (June 20, 6:15 pm). 

Open now. Ends September 20th, 2017.

Starting a memorable conversation and truly connecting with people is just one of the many things to be learned from Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People.
Amanda Belantara, Schomburg Center Pre-Professional in the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, writes about our new Black Power Resource Guide, an essential guide culled from library resources that commemorate the Black Power movement.


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