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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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  • Politics of Persuasion: 150 Years of Presidential Campaigning

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    September 29th, 2016 - October 19th, 2016

    In this display, The New York Public Library is proud to present presidential campaign ephemera dating back nearly 150 years: a lapel pin with a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, a Barry Goldwater bumper sticker, and even a Richard Nixon poster designed to be hung in college dorm rooms. Some offer detailed candidate platforms; others communicate largely through graphic treatment, providing a visual perspective on the ways campaigns have sought to inspire voters on a more visceral level. 

    For more than a century, The  Library has been collecting and preserving an array of local and national political campaign ephemera as part of its world-renowned research holdings—from early lapel pins and stamps to bumper stickers and posters.

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  • Tactile exhibition: The architecture of identity, celebrating history and a shared vision for peace

    Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library
    September 19th, 2016 - October 16th, 2016

    Presented by the Institute for Digital Archeology


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  • Preserving a Masterpiece: From Soaring Ceilings to Subterranean Storage

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    June 17th, 2016 - October 9th, 2016

    Celebrate the legacy of The New York Public Library’s iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street with our new exhibition, Preserving a Masterpiece: From Soaring Ceilings to Subterranean Storage. Known as the People’s Palace, this library is a monumental oasis for New Yorkers who need a quiet place to read, a well of information for scholars, and a must-see destination for visitors from all around the world.

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  • The Brooklyn Watercolor Society: "WATERCOLOR ETUDES"

    Riverside Library
    September 7th, 2016 - October 3rd, 2016

    The Brooklyn Watercolor Society is pleased to offer an exhibit of its members' work to the Riverside Library community from September 7-October 3rd, 2016.  There willl be a special "Meet all the Artists" event with demonstrations and participation by the public on Saturday, September 24th from 1-2 pm followed by a reception from 2-4 pm.  

    All visitors are sure to enjoy the technical and artistic merit of these works.  

    *Please note that when the space is used for branch programming viewing of exhibit may not be available .

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  • Vithya Truong: Paintings

    Jefferson Market Library
    September 10th, 2016 - September 30th, 2016


    Artist  - I was born and raised in Thailand to Vietnamese parents.  At age 12, I moved to a Chicago suburb to be with my extended family.  After college, I moved to New York City and completed my MFA (2007) at the New York Academy of Art.  Since then, I’ve been quietly painting in my little New York City bedroom/studio.

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  • "Somos Latinas" Por Ernesto Camacho

    Bronx Library Center
    August 1st, 2016 - September 30th, 2016


     “This exhibition portrays Latinas in a state of elegance in different scenarios, and more importantly, in papyri of different colors that stems from an amazing history in an array of moods and Colors, often, being viewed as one hue”.

    “My definition of Latina is: Who's a Latina?”

    “Latino/la teeno/ (plural-nos)  A fusion of different people from distant lands who came together with the indigenous populous thru a turbulent past, and blossomed into a new type of people made up of different hues, textured hairs, and colored eyes; all under the umbrella of one language... ...Latino”.

    Artist Statement:

    Ernest Camacho

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  • Ana C. Traversa: Drawings and Paintings Exhibition

    Bloomingdale Library
    September 6th, 2016 - September 30th, 2016

    Ana C. Traversa -USA-Patagonia. She is an independent artist, painter, sculptor and an instructor who has worked extensively throughout the five boroughs of New York and exhibited abroad in museums, private and public organizations that have been around for more than 100 years.

    She has exhibited at Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, New York Historical Society, MOMA, International Center of Photography, University of Virginia, Museum of Mayan Culture, Mexico, National Museum of Oriental Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina and other prestigious organizations.

    In 2002 she was awarded the Silver Medal of “Arts Sciences and Letters”, the highest honor given to an artist in France by the Academy of Arts founded in 1905.

    In 2011 she was awarded by the Provincial Legislature of the Province Rio Negro, Argentina. Her work has been declared as Educational and Cultural Heritage.

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  • Ka-Man Tse Photography

    Mulberry Street Library
    June 4th, 2016 - September 28th, 2016

    by Ka-Man Tse

    June 1 to September 28, 2016

    These photographs are part of an ongoing investigation surrounding notions of home, family, identity and community. My image-making is informed by the points of intersection between the LGBTQ and the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community; and what is shared, divergent, and negotiated between these two seemingly disparate worlds. Using mostly a large format view camera (there are two sides per film holder), my photographs offer B-sides: a mix-tape of queer narratives and portraiture, memories and obsessions,

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  • Splendour Among Shadows

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    September 8th, 2016 - September 28th, 2016

    In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of The New York Public Library’s Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle, the Library presents a new exhibition, Splendour Among Shadows: Celebrating 30 Years of the Pforzheimer Collection at The New York Public Library. The Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle is one of the most prominent repositories for the study of British Romanticism. Scholars from around the world, as well as high school classes, artists, and historians, visit the Library to explore its holdings. It is also one of the most narrowly focused of the Library’s special collections.

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