The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library (FFRPL) participates on Central Library’s Exhibits Team; provides supplemental funding for exhibits when needed; and helps plan, present, and promote many of the Library’s juried shows and historical exhibits.
For many years, FFRPL has supported Central Library’s juried shows, including Annual Art of the Book exhibitions.
Our Nature: Illustration and Design from the Singer Family. Learn more.
Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature was on view through mid-February 2024. Learn more.
In celebration of its 150th anniversary, Lollypop Farm mounted an exhibit at the Rundel Memorial Library Building in Central Library’s Anthony Mascioli Gallery. The exhibit featured artifacts from Lollypop Farm’s history, an historical timeline, a humane law enforcement display, historical pet care and veterinary items (in collaboration with Genesee Country Village & Museum and Cornell University), and information on the origin of the name Lollypop Farm.
Punjab: Land of Five Rivers was on view at the Central Library Rundel Memorial Library Building, December 1, 2021 through March 5, 2022. The exhibit explored the beauty and culture of the northern state of Punjab (known as the ‘Breadbasket of India’). Punjab is now a modern society of varied religions and ancestries revered for its agricultural harvest, vibrant festivals, colorful clothing, energetic music and dance, savory cuisine, and inspirational poetry. The exhibit was organized by the India Heritage Museum, located at the Vinod and Vinay Luthra India Heritage Center in Macedon. See photos from the exhibit, and learn more about the India Heritage Museum’s subsequent donation to the Library
Central Library Celebrated the National Museum of African American History and Culture With An Online Smithsonian Poster Exhibit
Central Library presented this online version of the Smithsonian’s exhibit A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture in place of the traveling version originally scheduled for Black History Month (February 2021).
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s exhibit, Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race was on view at Central Library from March through September 2020 (extended due to COVID-19) and was sponsored by Central Library, FFRPL, the William & Sheila Konar Foundation, and the Israel & Helen Wortman Memorial Fund of The Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.
FFRPL worked with Central to offer two free online programs in conjunction with the Deadly Medicine exhibit: Eugenics Under the Nazis and The Complicity of Physicians.
In 2019, FFRPL supported Central Library’s exhibit Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism. The exhibition drew upon handicraft to express hope, voice dissent, critique the curtailment of civil rights, comment politically and restore dignity to the human experience in the U.S.
In 2019, FFRPL sponsored Central Library’s exhibition Stonewall: 50 Years Out, commemorating the anniversary of the uprising that sparked the gay liberation movement and exploring the history of Rochester’s LGBTQ+ communities, organized by the Local History & Genealogy Division.
In 2017, FFRPL sponsored Central Library’s exhibit, Because of Women Like Her … Winning the Vote in New York State as part of the NYS Suffrage Centennial Celebration.
In 2014, FFRPL sponsored Al-Mutanabbi Street: Start the Conversation at Central Library, an international exhibit of over 260 artist’s books and broadsides that was organized by Letterpress and Book Artists, in response to the car bombing in Iraq, that targeted Al-Mutanabbi Street, which was populated by hundreds of bookstores, publishers, printers, bookstalls and cafés, and had served as the booksellers’ street in Baghdad for hundreds of years. The exhibit sought to educate and enlighten our community about the ‘silent consequences’ of war, including censorship, freedom of speech and free access to ideas.
Partners: Central Library, The City of Rochester Sister Cities, Empire State College State University of New York, Monroe Community College, Nazareth College’s School of Education, Writers & Books, the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, the Rochester Brainery and Visual Studies Workshop.
In 2013, FFRPL sponsored Central Library’s Pride & Passion: the African American Baseball Experience exhibit, which celebrated the story of black baseball players in the U.S. over the previous century and a half.