The New York Public Library offers free major exhibitions and special displays at three of its research library locations—the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Library for the Performing Arts, and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture—and community showcases at many of its branch locations throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.
OngoingStephen A. Schwarzman Building
OngoingSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
In the 19th century, African Americans harnessed the power of photography to claim a self-possessed identity in line with middle class…
Through March 4, 2023The New York Public Library for the Performing ArtsThe New York Public Library for the Performing Arts mounts Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars, the first large-scale exhibition…
OngoingSchomburg Center for Research in Black CultureHighlighting the work of Harlem-based photographer Austin Hansen (1910 -1996) and the experiences of Black photographers to illuminate the…
OngoingSchomburg Center for Research in Black CultureThe exhibition celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Black Comic Book Festival and…
Through August 13, 2022Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingINterSECTS presents excerpts from artist Peter Kuper’s forthcoming graphic novel, which he developed during his tenure as a fellow at The…
Through June 30, 2022The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Materials from the dance, theatre, and music & recorded sound divisions address how the performing arts have responded to climate…
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September 23, 2022–January 8, 2023Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fortune and Folly in 1720 chronicles the spectacular rise and fall of the first international bubble economy. The Mississippi…
Community ShowcasesSee All
Through December 31, 2022Hudson Park Library
Through June 7, 2023Hudson Park Library
Through July 30, 2022Bloomingdale Library
Paintings of ‘small moments’ in New York’s parks and streets celebrating the beauty often found in passing, by chance.
Online ExhibitionsSee All
OngoingOnline OnlyStephen A. Schwarzman BuildingThis online exhibition presents a selection of Posada’s calaveras and announces the digitization of the entirety of the Library’s Posada…
OngoingOnline OnlyStephen A. Schwarzman Building
The lives of people who identify as LGBTQ+, more than those of others, have often historically been shaped by questions of visibility…
OngoingOnline OnlyStephen A. Schwarzman BuildingAugusta Gregory has long been recognized as the woman who helped shape a new era of modern Irish literature at the turn of the 20th…
Past ExhibitionsSee All
Akhnaten: Philip Glass’ Operatic Portrait of a Pharaoh
Celebrating the return of Phillip Glass' Akhnaten, the Library for the Performing Arts delves into the archives.
TARYN SIMON // The Color of a Flea's Eye: The Picture Collection
The Skin of Our Teeth: Through Thornton Wilder's Letters
A collection of photographs and letters by playwright Thorton Wilder highlighting the play, The Skin of Our Teeth.