BPL Presents exhibitions and accompanying programs are committed to presenting the work of innovative and diverse local, national and international contemporary artists across media whose work allows us to reframe defining issues of our time and our daily lives. Through exhibitions, site-specific commissions and artworks at Central and other branches, we aim to assert art’s status as a critical field of knowledge that intersects with other disciplines and inspires us to re-imagine and renew our world.

Due to COVID-19 and the renovation of Central Library, physical visual arts exhibitions by BPL Presents are currently postponed until further notice. At this time, we continue to plan our regular season for Spring 2021 and are currently reconfiguring how we bring you contemporary art. Our commitment to creating a shared public space with you where art connects meaningfully to the conditions of our lives is unflagging. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Current Exhibitions

Tatiana Arocha

November 16, 2023 to November 30, 2026 Sunset Park Library

My Mother Was a Nanny : Paintings from the Book by Laura James

September 25, 2023 to January 28, 2024 Central Library, Youth Wing
Brooklyn Public Library's Central Library facade wrapped in JAY-Z lyrics. In the foreground is a large cube playing music videos and displaying the words The Book of HOV

The Book of HOV: A celebration of the life and work of Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter

July 14, 2023 to December 4, 2023 Central Library

Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for BPL Presents programs, including: Cheryl and George Haywood Endowment for Cultural Diversity, Dr. Beverly S. Jacobs, The Kahn Endowment for Humanities Programs, The Miriam Katowitz and Arthur Radin Fund, Mapleton Endowment, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Humanities New York, New York State Council on the Arts, Sandra and Peter Schubert Endowment Fund, The Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund and the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

Programs are also supported by Brooklyn Public Library’s Fund for the Humanities which was established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Starr Foundation, the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust, Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc. and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.