Evermore: The Persistence of Poe: Halloween may be over, but the popularity of Edgar Allan Poe is year-round. Through Saturday, Nov. 22nd, see manuscripts, letters and other literary artifacts associated with Poe. The exhibition includes an engagement ring he gave to Sarah Elmira Royster in 1849. Sadly, he died two months later, before they could marry. The Poe memorabilia is from a private collection, and includes artifacts influenced by Poe stories, such as toys. Daily except Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street.
Somebody Come and Play:” 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, and Kinder: Celebrate Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, Bert, Ernie and all the characters that have delighted children and their parents (including me and my children) for a generation or more. See how Sesame Street transformed television by proving it was possible to produce a show that was both educational and entertaining for children. The exhibit is a collaboration of Sesame Workshop and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and takes you behind the scenes to experience what it’s like to create an episode of the show and get close to their fuzzy and furry friends from the street. For more than four decades Sesame Street has been helping kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder with the help of beloved Muppets like Elmo and Grover and its signature blend of animation, music, and humor. Sesame Street teaches not just ABCs and 123s, but life lessons ranging from health and nutrition to cooperation, friendship, and diversity. Who doesn’t love Sesame Street? New York Public Library for the Performing Arts,
Over Here: WWI and the Fight for the American Mind Drawing from collections across The New York Public Library, this exhibit explores how public opinion was shaped to support what was called the War to End All Wars (sadly, it didn’t), while also noting social and political issues that continue to resonate, such as freedom of speech and the press, xenophobia, and domestic espionage. At the main branch of the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, through mid-February 2015.
Picasso & the Camera: Photos of the artist at work and at home, curated by John Richardson. At the Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea, through Jan 3, 2015. Exhibit website.
Bascove/Bridges: Transporting the Metropolis: More than 30 paintings and drawings of city bridges by the artist Anne Bascove, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Outerbridge Crossing and the George Washington Bridge. Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment at the Noble Maritime Collection, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Livingston, Staten Island, through July 12, 2015. Donations suggested.
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