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Past Exhibitions

  • Hilary Knight’s Stage Struck World

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    April 25th, 2017 - 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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  • ESOPUS and Marco Maggi present “Drawing Set”

    Jefferson Market Library
    September 5th, 2017 - 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.

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

    Seward Park Library
    July 5th, 2017 - September 30th, 2017

    Seward Park Library Presents:


    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.

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  • Toby Rabiner Exhibit

    Morningside Heights
    August 30th, 2017 - September 30th, 2017


    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.  

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  • Sandra Jetton: Cuba

    St. Agnes Library
    September 1st, 2017 - September 30th, 2017



    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.

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  • Images of Thailand

    Bloomingdale Library
    September 1st, 2017 - September 30th, 2017

    The exhibit is the result of her recent trip to Thailand and captures the visual and aural richness of the country, the culture and its people. Read More ›
  • Pastimes and Times Past

    Bronx Library Center
    August 3rd, 2017 - 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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    Riverside Library
    August 1st, 2017 - 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.

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  • Spirits by the Sea: Sculpture and Photography by Robert Oxnam

    53rd Street Library
    June 6th, 2017 - September 20th, 2017


    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 

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  • Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955 - 1972

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
    May 24th, 2017 - September 16th, 2017

    In August 1960, the choreographer Anna Halprin, the inventor of task-based improvisation, taught an experimental workshop on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, north of San Francisco, attended by Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer. Within two years, Forti’s conceptually forceful dance constructions premiered in Yoko Ono’s loft in New York and Rainer co-founded the groundbreaking Judson Dance Theater. Radical Bodies examines the artistic relationships between Halprin, Forti, and Rainer, shedding light on each artist’s contribution to history. Dance was a conceptual engine of the art world in the 1960s. Halprin, Forti, and Rainer, all Californians with Jewish roots, opened the way to a radicalized, communitarian vision for performance that continues to influence choreographers and visual artists around the world to the present day.

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