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Past Exhibitions

  • NYCLondonHK / a Three-City Trilogy / Photographs by Hark Y , Artworks by Fong So

    Mulberry Street Library
    July 2nd, 2015 - August 30th, 2015


    The umbrella, a symbol of civil liberties in the 2014 Hong Kong pro-democracy Movement, links these three exhibitions in three of the world’s biggest cities. During the Hong Kong Occupy Movement in 2014, protesters used umbrellas to protect themselves from harmful pepper spray and tear-gas fumes. The two-month occupation of central Hong Kong to protest against government’s political “reform” plan has since been dubbed the Umbrella Movement. Civil liberties discussed during the Umbrella Movement prompted these exhibitions by Hong Kong journalists-turned artists Hark Yeung and Fong So

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  • The Genius of Geoffrey Holder

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    July 23rd, 2015 - August 29th, 2015

    Born and trained in Trinidad, Geoffrey Holderrevealed his genius in his long career in dance, theater, film, music, and art.   As a choreographer, designer, director and actor, Geoffrey Holder is well represented in all of the research and circulating collections of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.  The multi-media exhibition will cover his performing career, his Tony-award winning work as director and costume designer for The Wiz, and contributions to the repertory of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Presented in association with Lincoln Center Out of Doors. 

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  • Dreamy Views

    Ottendorfer Library
    July 27th, 2015 - August 28th, 2015

    Lola Saenz is a self-taught artist and believes in following her dreams: "To create artwork and share it with the world."

    Saenz has been working on a body of work that consists of her self-portraits and a New York City view series. Her paintings express her emotions, perceptions and pieces of her imagination. They express location and dislocation, loss and distortion. She sometimes uses poetry to complement her paintings. 

    The result is art that speaks all languages, and sings to spaces deep within each viewer, creating an environmnet in which feeling and responding are both comfortable and natural. This is art for more than the eye to see.

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  • BOBBI BECK: A Frightful & Delightful Exhibition of Autobiographical Artworks

    96th Street Library
    July 28th, 2015 - August 28th, 2015

    Bobbi Beck does not hold back when it comes to expressing feelings and emotions with her unique style of autobiographical artworks. Her enchanting and sometimes fierce creations might have you scratching your head trying to figure out the hidden meanings woven into these visual narratives. Understanding the mysterious messages conveyed in her work may be as simple as looking at yourself in a mental mirror and seeing a reflection of your parallel life experiences. Viewers have described her completely original works as possessing hints of Dali, Escher, Beardsley and Mucha. These intricate fairy-tale images are meshed with living creatures, inanimate objects, nature, machines and human forms. So escape reality for a while and let your mind’s eye take a visual journey at the East 96th Street Branch of this New York Public Library exhibition.

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  • NER BECK: Found Art on the Streets of New York City & Prague

    Bloomingdale Library
    July 6th, 2015 - August 28th, 2015

    Ner Beck returns to the Bloomingdale Branch of the New York Public Library for another exhibition of his recent street art photographsRead More ›

    115th Street Library
    August 3rd, 2015 - August 27th, 2015

    Rossella BLUE Mocerino’s work is all about masks and being masked.  Her inspirational city is Venice.  Her inspirational well is the Venice Carnival.  After having exhibited at the Tompkins Square and Mulberry Street Libraries, her next stop on “The Library Tour 2015” is the 115th Street Branch. Six paintings will be on display on the first floor.

                                                  CARNEVALE IN HARLEM

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                                                                                                       Rossella BLUE Mocerino


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  • Susan Bee | The Challenge of Painting | Art Wall on Third Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    April 9th, 2015 - August 20th, 2015

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library present the exhibition titled The Challenge of Painting featuring three oil and enamel paintings created by artist Susan Bee in 2014. These paintings highlight two related aspects of the artist’s work, her use of black and white film stills and her use of genre paintings from the 1800s.

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  • Barbara Madsen | Plastic Age: Further Removed | Photo Walls in Picture Collection Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    March 2nd, 2015 - August 17th, 2015

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library present Plastic Age: Further Removed a site-specific exhibition of photographs by artist, and art Professor Barbara Madsen. Her collections of cast off industrial matter of spark plugs, machine parts, welding masks, light switches, rubber, plastic, prosthetics, artificial eyes, and much more serve as Dadaist fodder.Read More ›
  • Curators' Choice: Black Life Matters

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    February 2nd, 2015 - August 15th, 2015

    Curators’ Choice: Black Life Matters launches the Schomburg Center’s 90th anniversary year with an eclectic array of rarely seen collection materials that affirm the Schomburg’s mission to document and preserve black life, history, and culture. The curator of each research division presents selections that engage audiences with the rich matter of black life and cultural production—from documentary films to children’s books, from handwritten letters to historical audio recordings and LPs, from photographs to lithographs, and much more.Read More ›
  • Over Here: WWI and the Fight for the American Mind

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    July 28th, 2014 - August 15th, 2015

    Drawing from collections across The New York Public Library, Over Here: WWI and the Fight for the American Mind explores the manner in which public relations, propaganda, and mass media in its many forms were used to shape and control public opinion about the war while also noting social and political issues that continue to resonate, such as freedom of speech and the press, xenophobia, and domestic espionage.Read More ›

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