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  • Art and the Colors of Life By Carlos Hugo Suarez

    Bronx Library Center
    October 3rd, 2016 - November 30th, 2016

    Bronx Library Center

    Latino & Puerto Rican Cultural Center

    Puerto Rican Heritage Gallery

    The Art and the Colors of Life

    By 

    Carlos Hugo Suarez

    October 3-November 30, 2016

    6:00-8:00 pm

    Visit the 4th floor 

    Reference desk for more information

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  • Katherine Knauer | Observed | Art in the Windows Exhibition Series

    Mid-Manhattan Library
    September 8th, 2016 - November 30th, 2016

    On view day and night

    The Art Collection presents the site-specific textile exhibition Observed by artist Katherine Knauer. The small Fifth Avenue windows are lined in fabrics designed by Katherine Knauer and commercially printed with repeating images of eyes staring out at the viewer.  The focus of the south vitrine is a framed detail of Rembrandt’s alarmed-looking 1630 self-portrait, enlarged and transformed by adding color and through the use of PhotoShop, then silk-screened onto fabric and layered over coordinating fabric prints. 

    The north vitrine, lined in a different fabric print that continues the theme, contains a three-dimensional collage of various eye images printed on card stock, then stitched together in assorted Jacob’s Ladder configurations. These pieces can also be considered to be a form of Artist's Books.

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  • Bobbi Beck, Unmasked: An Exhibit of Autobiographical Artworks

    Morningside Heights
    September 29th, 2016 - November 29th, 2016

    We all wear different masks everyday depending on what we think is in store for us as we move through our lives. All of the pictures in this exhibition reveal Bobbi Beck’s inner world expressing common feelings and emotions we constantly face. Each picture focuses on a unique aspect of life that also probably have at one point or another been part of your own personal narrative. Her intriguing and telling compositions are cloaked with symbols, decorative elements, anthropomorphic figures, historical references and mythology, all converging in her mind’s eye and then mirroring back at the viewer. As an admirer of art and design from various cultures and histories she weaves those complex visual elements into each and every piece that she creates.

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  • Pauline Yun: Recent Works

    Riverside Library
    November 2nd, 2016 - November 28th, 2016

    In this group of oil paintings, Pauline Yun explores the realm of enchantment and delight through the use of color and multi process mark-marking.  Her intention is to uplift and inspire the viewer by revealing a world that belongs to all of us.

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  • The Bowery: Past, Present and Future on NYC's Oldest Thoroughfare

    Ottendorfer Library
    September 23rd, 2016 - November 15th, 2016

    This exhibition briefly surveys the Bowery’s historical and cultural significance, and its difficult future in an age of overdevelopment. 

     

    Stretching 1.25 miles from Chatham Square to Cooper Square, with architecture representing every decade from the 1780s to the present, the Bowery was a Native American foot trail, Dutch farm road, Washington’s march route during

    British evacuation, and the site of Manhattan’s first free Black settlements. 

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  • Jenny Odell: Peripheral Landscapes

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    August 31st, 2015 - November 8th, 2016

    Maps are known for providing information, but in their decorative elements they also convey our shifting ideas of exploration. Digital artist Jenny Odell captures this notion in three collages titled, Peripheral Landscapes, now on display in the Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division and made possible through collaboration between the NYPL Labs, the Map Division, and Electric Objects, maker of the EO1, an innovative new technology for displaying digital art.

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  • Sources of Inspiration: Celebrating Library Lions 2016

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    October 21st, 2016 - November 6th, 2016

    The New York Public Library is delighted to recognize Harry Belafonte, Hilary Mantel, Javier Marías, Peggy Noonan, and Colm Tóibín as our 2016 Library Lions.

    Each fall at its Library Lions gala, The New York Public Library celebrates the exceptional men and women who have forever changed the fields of arts, letters, and scholarship. This display features the remarkable talents of those we are honored to call this year’s Library Lions. This display highlights their work—from early drafts to final realizations—alongside items from the Library’s collections by great luminaries who have influenced their careers. Together, these objects represent a legacy of creativity and inspiration that will continue to influence generations to come.

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  • Truman Capote's Black & White Ball: The Party of the Century, 50 Years Later

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    October 21st, 2016 - November 6th, 2016

    The New York Public Library has been home to the papers of renowned author Truman Capote since 1985. The largest repository dedicated to his life and work, the collection ranges from manuscripts and correspondence to photographs, artwork, sound recordings, and other personal miscellany. Since its acquisition, scholars and students of American literature have visited the Library to enrich their understanding of this literary icon.

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  • Editions & Proofs: The Prints of Yolène Legrand

    St. Agnes Library
    October 1st, 2016 - October 31st, 2016

    Yolène Legrand, a Haitian-born, contemporary New York visual artist is well-known for her oils and pastels that have been exhibited nationally and internationally and included in many corporate and private collections. The exhibition at the St. Agnes Library focuses exclusively on another medium, Printmaking, and it features a range of the artist’s encounters with both relief and intaglio techniques: linocuts and woodcuts, along with etchings, aquatints and monotypes.

    Legrand says, “I enjoy printmaking because it takes me back to my childhood in Haiti when I used to draw everything in sight”.

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  • Traces of Sepharad (Huellas de Sefarad): Etchings of Judeo-Spanish Proverbs

    Inwood Library
    September 16th, 2016 - October 22nd, 2016

    Forty-five etchings by artist and Inwood resident Marc Shanker illustrating Ladino proverbs, proverbs in the medieval Spanish spoken by and preserved by the Spanish Jews after their expulsion in 1492.

    Mr. Shanker's naive drawing style mirrors the proverbs' spirit, transforming them into simple images without sacrificing their complex meanings. The etchings reflect the proverbs' appealing mix of common sense, timeless wisdom, pithy humor and irreverence. 

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