Last night, Shea Hembrey took the stage at the New York Public Library as part of their Live! program to talk about the exhausting work of curating 100 different artists for his recent biennial, Seek. Mr. Hembrey, an artist himself, spoke of the process behind the grueling selection for the book, which features everything from studied portraits to abstract outsider performance art. “It was difficult to choose what to include, because sometimes I’d have to choose only one piece out of six, and then I’d get angry at myself.”
Of course, this frustration was probably multiplied 100 fold, since Mr. Hembrey created all the art — and the artists behind it — himself.
The New York Public Library is the last place where children must face the consequences of delinquency and (unlike in many New York restaurants) the expectation that they will sit politely and be quiet. Or so we thought! In a shocking display of kindness, the NYPL has pardoned some 143,000 children who have library fines Read More
Anthony Marx, the new president of the New York Public Library, starts his new job today. Dr. Marx is from New York. He attended P.S. 98 and the Bronx High School of Science, then Wesleyan and Yale. He has a PhD in Politics from Princeton, where he wrote his dissertation on black politics Read More
The New York Public Library is facing a $40 million budget cut that it calls the biggest in its 100-year history. Loyal library patrons facing a four-day library week, fewer new books, branch closures and staff reductions have initiated a campaign of non-violent resistance, like their recent library “hug” (aw) and an impressive Read More
On the Market
On a damp evening in May, the great and the gray trooped up the marble stairs of one of New York City’s most hallowed institutions, the New York Public Library, for its centennial celebration. A smorgasbord of talent had been hired to showcase the library’s varied nature, including an outdoor electric harpist, the Abyssinian Baptist Read More
This morning at the New York Public Library during the Bloomberg Real Estate Briefing, Sam Zell sat for an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Betty Liu. While the Local 46 Union protested Mr. Zell’s use of non-union labor to finish an apartment building on West 23rd Street outside, Ms. Liu asked Mr. Zell about the Read More
The “great families” and cultural icons of New York have been enumerated, and celebrated, from the time of George Washington through Edith Wharton’s Gilded Age and well into the postwar era, when New York became the capital of the art world. This month, museums and other institutions salute the city’s power brokers, artistic pioneers and Read More
Tonight, the New York Public Library will honor Eloise illustrator Hilary Knight as a Library Lion.
The Daily Beast has an interview with Knight in honor of the occasion. He discusses his current project (a graphic novel with Gypsy Rose Lee’s sister) as well as Read More
On the night of Wednesday, July 8, DJ Cassidy celebrated his 28th birthday at the New York Public Library with guests Funkmaster Flex, Jay-Z, Estelle, Doug E. Fresh and other hip-hop heavies. Bobby Brown and Rakim put on special performances, and the DJ-to-the-president got an extra-special cake from his father. Due to an embarrassing fall and Read More
What a difference a week makes!
On Sunday, The New York Times finally reviewed Rogues’ Gallery, Michael Gross’s two-month-old, unauthorized exposé about the famous people behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The review came just days after the book began appearing in the New York Public Library system, erasing Mr. Gross’s concerns that the two Read More