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Exhibitions and special displays at the Library's many locations showcase our rich and varied collections.

The New York Public Library offers free public classes, programs, and exhibitions at its 91 locations in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Below is a selection of upcoming events.

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Current Exhibitions

  • Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution

    Schomburg Center
    Now through June 14, 2014

    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 

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  • Jill Kupin Rose Gallery

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Ongoing

    This ongoing exhibition consists of large wall panels with photographs, text, objects, and videos illustrating the history and the vast array of collections, services, and users of The New York Public Library's Branch and Research Libraries.

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  • Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!

    Library for the Performing Arts
    Now through May 10, 2014

  • Motown: The Truth Is A Hit

    Schomburg Center
    Now through July 26, 2014

    Motown 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 

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  • The Rose Family Seder Book

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Now through May 4, 2014

    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 

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Select locations provide space to community groups, organizations or individuals to showcase works that the Library determines will further its mission.

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