1. Translation? Interpretation? Mediation? What do we mean when we talk about art? 

    Join us tomorrow when art historians Robert Atkins and Raphael Rubinstein and artists Pablo Helguera and Mireia Sentís for a wide-ranging discussion of the relationship between art and language, and the thorny task of choosing the words to encapsulate the last quarter-century of contemporary art. This event celebrates the publication of the revised and updated twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of Atkins’s best-selling ArtSpeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1945 to the Present.

  2. We Want Your Storybook Character Costume Pics!

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    Halloween is right around the corner, and we know that many of you book worms out there (kids, adults, and yes, even pets) will take the opportunity to dress up as your favorite literary characters, just like these two ridiculously adorable children - Anabel, 5, and Olivia, 6 - who dressed as Madeline and Pippi Longstocking (seriously, who needs Halloween candy - this is already so sweet). Well, if you do take your costume inspiration from the pages of a book, we want to see and share! Send us your pics here and we’ll get to posting as many as we can across our various social media channels, with the top costumes featured on our home page. Happy Halloween! 

    Disclaimer: By sending us your photographs, you are giving the Library permission to post them online, so make sure that they’re your photos and that you have the authority to grant permission. Also, by submitting an image via email, you certify that you’re 18 years or older and accept to the Library’s policy on Patron-Generated Content outlined in its privacy policy

  3. There are only a few more days until Halloween! Still unsure of what to wear? Our Digital Gallery has inspiration enough for all of you, but if you need a little help, here are a few ideas to get you started.

  4. The early 20th century saw a mania for panoramic group photographs, some encompassing hundreds of people and spanning a full 360 degrees. Celebrated in a new book, The Big Picture: America in Panorama, the panoramic photo is an ostensibly faithful record that can blur the line between fact and fiction. Join editor Josh Sapan and critic Luc Sante next Wednesday as they discuss these astonishing images and show examples of some of their favorites.

    The early 20th century saw a mania for panoramic group photographs, some encompassing hundreds of people and spanning a full 360 degrees. Celebrated in a new book, The Big Picture: America in Panorama, the panoramic photo is an ostensibly faithful record that can blur the line between fact and fiction. Join editor Josh Sapan and critic Luc Sante next Wednesday as they discuss these astonishing images and show examples of some of their favorites.

  5. Kittens? Three day weekend? It’s happiness overload. This 1893 card currently in our George Arents Collection was originally put out by Newsboy Plug Tobacco as part of a promotion (if someone presented this card at a store selling Newsboy Plug Tobacco, they would get a larger photograph featuring “The Kittens”). Now it’s just making us smile because the kittens are so cute. Yep, it’s a happy Caturday. And it’s a happy three-day weekend - remember, the Library is closed Monday for Columbus Day. 

    Kittens? Three day weekend? It’s happiness overload. This 1893 card currently in our George Arents Collection was originally put out by Newsboy Plug Tobacco as part of a promotion (if someone presented this card at a store selling Newsboy Plug Tobacco, they would get a larger photograph featuring “The Kittens”). Now it’s just making us smile because the kittens are so cute. Yep, it’s a happy Caturday. And it’s a happy three-day weekend - remember, the Library is closed Monday for Columbus Day. 

  6. percentforartnyc:

    For two days every year, Open House New York (OHNY) Weekend gives the public a chance to engage more deeply with the built environment and learn more about aspects our city that are often hidden in plain sight. This year Percent for Art commissions in two boroughs will be featured in the weekend’s activities on October 12 &13, located in New York Public Library’s Bronx Library Center, and Queens Public Library’s branches in Long Island City and Flushing. The pieces, pictured above, range from architectural elements like Yong Soon Min’s etched glass wall to interior features like Iñigo Manglano Ovalle’s exploration of DNA as a catalog, reflecting the diverse ways permanent art can enhance our public spaces.

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  7. Join us tomorrow at Mid-Manhattan Library when artist Liz Sales and internationally renowned photographer Adam Fuss discuss awakening nineteenth-century photographic traditions as a means of  rediscovering photography as well as the work Sales created for her site-specific exhibitions The Eye’s Mind as part of Photo Walls in Picture Collectionand Art in the Windowsexhibition series.

    Examples of Liz Sales nineteenth-century photographic traditions included here. Gorgeous, aren’t they?

  8. Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks features works by over twenty contemporary artists. Tonight at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman building,  Christophe Cherix, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art, moderates a panel discussion with  Philip Aarons, Alex Kitnick, Leigh Ledare, and Andrew Roth, who will discuss how the ideas for Paperwork were developed, the artists’ scrapbooks that were selected, and the process of making the book itself. 

    Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks features works by over twenty contemporary artists. Tonight at The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman building,  Christophe Cherix, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art, moderates a panel discussion with  Philip Aarons, Alex Kitnick, Leigh Ledare, and Andrew Roth, who will discuss how the ideas for Paperwork were developed, the artists’ scrapbooks that were selected, and the process of making the book itself

  9. In honor of the first week of public school here in New York City, here is an image from the late 1800s called “School’s In,” depicting cats in a wicker basket … learning. It’s a Caturday from the classroom (and from our collection of Art, Prints, and Photographs)! Happy Caturday! 

    In honor of the first week of public school here in New York City, here is an image from the late 1800s called “School’s In,” depicting cats in a wicker basket … learning. It’s a Caturday from the classroom (and from our collection of Art, Prints, and Photographs)! Happy Caturday! 

  10. Exactly 97 years ago today, Life magazine featured this ridiculously sweet image of a couple kissing over a shop counter. The Aug. 31, 1916 image - currently in our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection - was just too darn cute not to share. We hope you like it, because, much like the shop in the image, “We aim to please.”

    Exactly 97 years ago today, Life magazine featured this ridiculously sweet image of a couple kissing over a shop counter. The Aug. 31, 1916 image - currently in our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection - was just too darn cute not to share. We hope you like it, because, much like the shop in the image, “We aim to please.”