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

StoryWalk:Lola Plants a Garden

July 20, 2021 to April 3, 2023 Adams Street Library

Bibliobandido Bites Brooklyn!

June 9, 2022 to August 27, 2022 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, Los Blancos, Mapleton Endowment, NYU 370 Jay, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Sandra and Peter Schubert Endowment Fund, The Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz, Tauck Ritzau Innovative Philanthropy and the Brooklyn Eagles—a group of young and engaged supporters of Brooklyn Public Library and many other generous supporters.

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.