The magnificent marble Beaux-Arts style building, opened to the public in 1911, is unique among the NYPL’s libraries in that it actively collects art as part of its mission. Key collections include photography (with more than 400,000 images in almost every photographic process), such as Edward S. Curtis’s depiction of an Apache Scout, and prints, with more than 200,000 remarkable examples of original works of art on paper. Presenting hundreds of exhibits and events annually throughout the seven floors and expansive reading room.
Images showcase the distinctive beauty of the cyanotype process
Works by 19 artists whose practices attest to the nature of Atkins’s continuing legacy