New York Public Library

Post image for A 19th-Century Map of the Geology Hidden Beneath NYC Streets

There was much rejoicing among cartography lovers when the New York Public Library’s Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division recently released over 20,000 maps for free use.

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Post image for New York Public Library Puts Major Dance Video Archive Online

The New York Public Library recently digitized thousands of hours of its videos in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division Moving Image Archive, from grainy historic footage to contemporary productions along with preservations of culture.

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Post image for Tune In, Drop Out: The Timothy Leary Papers Are Now Available to the Public

The newly open-the-public Timothy Leary papers at the New York Public Library is a fascinating trove.

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Post image for Stunning Photographs of Early 20th Century Theater in New York

Most theatrical productions of early 20th century New York were captured by Vandamm Studio, the most prolific studio of performing arts photography at the time.

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Post image for Ostrich Egg Globe Might Be Earliest Depiction of the Americas

The New York Public Library’s 1510 Hunt-Lenox Globe better watch its bronze throne because a new globe portends to be the oldest to show the Americas. And it has the curious advantage of being carved into the round form of an ostrich egg.

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Post image for Early Prints by Mary Cassatt Offer a Glimpse into One of NYC’s Overlooked Art Collections

Up in a hallway off the Rose Main Reading Room of the New York Public Library is a small exhibition of prints from one of Impressionism’s iconic artists. Created between 1878 and 1898 by Mary Cassatt, the quiet depictions of women in repose with family pets or viewing the opera might not immediately catch the eye of those who happen to pass by, but they represent not just the early experimentations of Cassatt, but one of New York’s greatest overlooked art collections.

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Post image for Making Movement Out of Stillness: Phillip Trager’s Architectural Photography

The New York Public Library is asking for quiet with its current exhibition, Echoes of Silence, the first to consider the early works of the architectural photographer Philip Trager — but silence isn’t a word that comes to mind when looking at a Trager photograph. One is drawn instead to the photographer’s eye for movement, his propensity for morphing buildings into people and lifting texture and tone out of the black and white he works in, so that monochrome stills of architecture become polyphonic, playful photographs.

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Post image for Werner Herzog: Whitney Biennial Contributor, But Don’t Call Him an Artist

Art lovers in attendance at last night’s conversation with Werner Herzog at the New York Public Library were fortunate enough to hear a little of the backstory behind Herzog’s participation in this year’s Whitney Biennial. The inclusion of the celebrated filmmaker in the exhibition took many art-worlders by surprise when the list of participants was announced in December.

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Post image for NY Public Library Breathes the GIFt of Life Into Old Photos

This week, the guys over at NYPL Labs launched their Stereogranimator, which promises to revive interest in the 40,000-strong vintage stereograms in their collection.

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