Past Exhibitions

  • February 1, 2014 (All day) - July 26, 2014 (All day)
    240143

    Courtesy of the Motown MuseumCourtesy of the Motown MuseumMotown founder Berry Gordy is quoted as saying “The truth is a hit.” And in truth, Detroit’s Motown Records became the voice of an entire generation. Our upcoming Motown exhibition, The Truth Is a Hit seeks to explore Gordy’s notion of the truth by tracing black music from its African roots through slavery, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, urban America, the Civil Rights and anti-war movements, up to the present day.

     

    Presented by Northern Trust, in partnership with Schomburg Center, Motown Museum, and Motown the Musical

     

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • February 5, 2014 (All day) - June 14, 2014 (All day)
    240135

    From 1900 to 1960, Hollywood’s greatest animators and biggest studios produced more than 600 cartoon shorts featuring black characters. These films reflected the racial stereotypes of the pre–Civil Rights Era, portraying blacks as less than human and as minstrel caricatures. It wasn’t until the late 1960s and early 1970s that Saturday morning television cartoons featured black animated characters in a positive and realistic manner. Funky Turns 40, from the Museum of Uncut Funk, explores these black animated characters and the impact they had on a generation of young folk.

    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • January 9, 2014 (All day) - May 22, 2014 (All day)
    242077

     Gabriel Barcia-ColomboLED sign, 2014. Credit: Gabriel Barcia-Colombo: LED sign, 2014. Credit: Gabriel Barcia-ColomboThe Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library are pleased to present the site-specific digital and sculptural installation Secret Society of Forbidden Literature by artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo. The installation celebrates the physicality of books through an exploration of banned works of literature. Each of the windows invite the viewer to relish in the sensual experience of reading a “traditional” book while at the same time exploring the history of restricting or censoring literature. The installation also brings to light what is lost in the process of reading electronic books; the smell, sight and touch of real paper.

    Mid-Manhattan Library
  • February 6, 2014 (All day) - May 10, 2014 (All day)
    240498

     

      © University of Dundee The Peto CollectionThe Beatles on location for their film Help!: © University of Dundee The Peto Collection

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
  • April 11, 2014 (All day) - May 4, 2014 (All day)
    238400

    The Rose Family Seder Book is a unique artists’ book, the result of an innovative annual commission from the Rose family, presented to the Library’s Dorot Jewish Division by the Rose family in 2005. In three volumes, the Rose seder Book brings together 50 years of Passover-themed artwork, ranging stylistically all the way from “New York social realist” Jack Levine to New York Review of Books caricaturist David Levine, via some of the most prominent American artists of the 20th century. Each year, at Passover, the Library shows an opening from one of the volumes, accompanied by a video presentation featuring a wide variety of images from all three volumes; meanwhile, work continues on volume four.

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
  • March 3, 2014 (All day) - April 30, 2014 (All day)
    230370

    Artists in the Library features the work of five professional teaching artists who have taught art courses in several libraries in the New York Public Library system over the past few years. The courses, which were coordinated by Lifetime Arts and paid for with private funding, have provided older adults with an opportunity to work creatively in the visual arts. The exhibition, which was organized by Sabra Friedman, reflects the diverse approaches that the artists bring to their NYPL courses.

    Mulberry Street Library
  • October 4, 2013 (All day) - April 6, 2014 (All day)
    227842

    Historically, the national and international response to the HIV epidemic lagged behind the passionate work of dedicated individuals who tended the sick, challenged prejudices against people living with HIV, educated their communities, and fought for resources and research. Acknowledging the crucial work of all AIDS activists, Why We Fight focuses on the contributions of those whose work was undertaken in New York City, which was an early epicenter for both the recognition of the disease and the grassroots response to the epidemic. The New York Public Library is a major repository for this history, preserving the archives of key organizations and individuals that have been pivotal in the response to AIDS.

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
  • January 7, 2014 (All day) - April 4, 2014 (All day)
    241716

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library are pleased to present two exhibitions of sculptures by artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg. In Stranger Visions Dewey-Hagborg creates portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material collected in public places. Working with the traces strangers unwittingly leave behind, Dewey-Hagborg calls attention to the impulse toward genetic determinism and the potential for a culture of genetic surveillance.

     Heather Dewey-HagborgStranger Visions, Art Wall on Third, installation view. Credit: Heather Dewey-Hagborg: Stranger Visions, Art Wall on Third, installation view. Credit: Heather Dewey-Hagborg

    Mid-Manhattan Library
  • January 7, 2014 (All day) - April 4, 2014 (All day)
    241750

    The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library are pleased to present two exhibitions of sculptures by artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg. In Stranger Visions Dewey-Hagborg creates portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material collected in public places. Working with the traces strangers unwittingly leave behind, Dewey-Hagborg calls attention to the impulse toward genetic determinism and the potential for a culture of genetic surveillance.

    Curator Lindsay Howard joins Heather Dewey-Hagborg for An Artist Dialogue series event, on Saturday February 1 at 2:30 p.m. inside the Corner Room. Their discussion explores the intersection of art, science, and technology.

    Mid-Manhattan Library
  • October 24, 2013 (All day) - April 3, 2014 (All day)
    234318

    In “Lifeboat,” visual artist and architect Liselott Johnsson, introduces the visual vocabulary of marine signal systems and emergency safety objects into the placid environment of the library. Inspired by naval flags, ancient alphabets, modernist painting and the recent Microsoft invention of High Capacity Color Barcode, Johnsson creates her own writing system resulting in objects and paintings that acquire semantic meaning.

     

    Muhlenberg Library

WHY WE FIGHT: HIV and AIDS in New York City Neighborhoods - Call for Artists, Writers, and Activists

Opportunity to study and collaborate with artist, writer, and activist Avram Finkelstein.

In conjunction with the WHY WE FIGHT: Remembering AIDS Activism exhibition, The New York Public Library will be hosting a project to create site-specific installations in four library branches—across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—that explore the ways that HIV and AIDS are currently affecting these local New York City communities. The Library is putting out a call 

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Africa and the African Diaspora

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Archives

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Barrier-Free Library

Barrier-Free Library

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Blog en Español

Blog en Español

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Community Information

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eReading Room

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There are so many new ways to access books and other digital reading matter on personal computers and portable devices. How to keep up? Library staff offer tips and tricks to get the most out of free ebooks online and our own eNYPL services, and share occasional thoughts on the future of reading.

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Facing the Page: Adult Learning Centers

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Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Uncovering the edible NYPL in books, menus, and ephemera.

For Teachers

For Teachers

This blog highlights the opportunities and resources for teachers that are available throughout the the NYPL system. Learn more about our primary sources, professional development opportunities and student learning experiences. Let NYPL help you reach your teaching and learning goals!

Freedom of Thought

Freedom of Thought

Reflections on the work of NYPL Correctional Services, promoting access to knowledge for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in our communities.

Hand-Made

Hand-Made

Are you interested in sewing and knitting, book arts and letterpress printing, traditional crafts and the new DIY, sewists of yesterday and today, vintage-inspired design, and all things handmade? Then join in the conversation at Hand-Made. We'll share information on unique items from the Library's collections as well as details on Library events that cater to the curious crafter in us all.

Inside NYPL

Inside NYPL

Dig deeper into NYPL and learn about new programs, projects, and services for patrons of all ages.

Je vois la vie en blogue… @vec NYPL

Je vois la vie en blogue… @vec NYPL

Bonjour francophones et francophiles new-yorkais! Bloguons en français avec la Bibliothèque publique de New York.

Bienvenus à ce nouvel espace dans le Web où toutes les personnes intéressées de célébrer les cultures francophones sont invitées à partager des idées et opinions sur différents sujets, soit en littérature, histoire, musique, événements, faits divers et plusieurs autres thèmes.

Job Search Central

Job Search Central: Looking for Work?

Let the Library guide your search for employment with everything from resume help to databases to classes.

LGBT@NYPL

LGBT@NYPL

Connecting you with the LGBT collections, programs, and expertise that The New York Public Library has to offer.

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

Part of NYPL's Mission is to inspire lifelong learning. No matter your age, where you are in life or what new thing you are trying to learn, you can follow this channel to get suggested resources as well as support and inspiration.

LIVE from the NYPL

LIVE from the NYPL

The before and afterlife of LIVE events. Learn about speakers, get background readings, interviews, clips and more. The conversation about the conversation.

Musical of the Month

Musical of the Month

Each month, a libretto of an important early American musical in a variety of electronic formats, plus associated photographs, vocal scores, and the occasional audio file.

My Library

My Library

Who I am.
Why I use the library.
...And what keeps me coming back.

Next Chapter

Next Chapter: A 50+ Library Blog

Don't despair if you are a Boomer, or a Silent, or a Greatest — the public library is with you every step of the way! This channel covers services, programs and other items of interest for the active older adult.

NYC Neighborhoods

NYC Neighborhoods

Five boroughs, 300 square miles, 6,375 miles of streets, 8.3 million people... hundreds of neighborhoods.

This channel covers the history, culture, people, hustle and bustle and goings-on of New York City.

NYPL Labs

NYPL Labs

NYPL Labs is an experimental technology unit that works closely with curators to create tools that expand the range of interaction, interpretation and reuse of research library collections and data. Learn more

Paperless Research

Paperless Research

The New York Public Library subscribes to hundreds of online databases and other information tools. Some are available onsite while others can be accessed at home using your library card number. This blog channel offers tips and tricks on getting the most out of online resources.

Periodically Speaking

Periodically Speaking

A reading series providing a major venue for emerging writers to present their work while emphasizing the diversity of America’s literary magazines and the magazine collections of The New York Public Library. Each event presents writers from three influential literary magazines—one poet, one fiction writer, one nonfiction writer—introduced by their editors. This blog provides coverage and context around Periodically Speaking events.

Poetry Month

Poetry Month

Each April, librarians throughout NYPL post readings, discussions and events celebrating National Poetry Month, a time when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.

Popular Music

Popular Music

Libraries are thought of as quiet places, but that doesn't mean the NYPL doesn't know how to rock out. This channel will highlight popular music found in the library's collections.

Preservation

Preservation

News about the Library's preservation efforts and information for those interested in preserving their own collections. About the Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division.

Reader’s Den

Reader’s Den

The Reader’s Den is an online book discussion group offering library readers with busy lifestyles a convenient way to connect with books and The New York Public Library.  This virtual discussion is accessible 24/7 and gives readers an opportunity to spark insightful discussions with the surrounding community by reading at his or her own pace.

The NYPL Broadcast

The NYPL Broadcast

The NYPL Broadcast serves up the latest in audio and video recordings made at The New York Public Library, everything from short profiles of our staff and collections, to full-length recordings of our LIVE from the NYPL, KidsLive and TeenLIVE programs.

The Ticketless Traveler

The Ticketless Traveler

Travel the world without leaving your chair with these book, film and music recommendations.

Three Faiths

Three Faiths

Librarians, curators, programmers, educators, and users share their thoughts on faith, and discuss the Library's Three Faiths exhibition. Check here regularly from October to February 2011 for: behind-the-scenes glimpses at the making of the exhibition; art, literature, and music at the intersection of Judiasm, Christianity, and Islam; lively discussions about the similarities and differences among these three religions... And more!

Vandamm

Vandamm

This blog channel is inspired by the exhibition at the Library for the Performing Arts, Poet of Light: Florence Vandamm & the Vandamm Studio, which is on view from September 2013 through February 2014. The exhibition samples the photographs, key sheets and negatives are becoming available on the Digital Gallery.

Women's History Month

Women's History Month

In honor of Women's History Month, each March, NYPL librarians present a monthlong series of posts highlighting the many amazing women they've discovered through the print and online resources of The New York Public Library.

All Possible Worlds

All Possible Worlds: Conversations on Voltaire's 'Candide'

Based in the recently closed exhibition Candide at 250: Scandal and Success, this blog traces the vectors Voltaire's book has taken through the popular and scholarly imagination. Posts frequently reference passages and commentaries in an experimental online edition, Candide 2.0. Learn more...

Design by the Book

Design by the Book

Mining the Library's collections for art and craft inspiration.

Duke Jazz Series

Duke Jazz Series

Coverage and context on The Duke Jazz Series and Talks at the Library for the Performing Arts.

Haiti

Haiti

NYPL resources on the history, culture and geography of Haiti, and information on rebuilding and relief efforts in the aftermath of the January, 2010 earthquake.

The Great American Revue

The Great American Revue

Revues and other topical popular entertainment of the early 20th century.