Throughout the year, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts produces an extensive series of free public performances, master classes, screenings, lectures, and seminars in its Bruno Walter Auditorium, featuring world-class musicians, choreographers, theater/film artists, and other recognized experts in the performing arts. The Library has three gallery spaces featuring free exhibitions on topics ranging from film to fashion, from ancient instruments to modern dance, and from traditional folk arts to experimental theater.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses the world’s most extensive combination of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. Its divisions are the Circulating Collections, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, Music Division, Billy Rose Theatre Division, Theatre on Film and Tape Collection, Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, and the Reserve Film and Video Collection. The materials in its collections are available free of charge, along with a wide range of free public programs including performances, master classes, exhibitions, screenings, and seminars. The Library has three gallery spaces featuring free exhibitions on topics ranging from film to fashion, from ancient instruments to modern dance, and from traditional folk arts to experimental theater. An essential resource for everyone with an interest in the arts—whether professional or amateur—the Library is known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, videotapes, autograph manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters, and photographs. The Library sponsors orientation programs tailored for graduate school and professional training students each year, and offers internships for museum, library, and archival students.
The Library is open Mondays and Thursdays, noon–8:00 pm; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, noon–6:00 pm. For program information, call 212.642.0142 or visit www.nypl.org/events/programs/lpa.
For exhibition information, call 212.870.1630 or visit www.nypl.org/locations/lpa and click on Exhibitions.