Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Third Floor
Room 300
New York, NY 10018
212-930-0835
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10 AM–5:45 PM
Art & Architecture Collection
Day Date Hours
Monday 10/10 CLOSED
Tuesday 10/11 10 AM–7:45 PM
Wednesday 10/12 10 AM–7:45 PM
Thursday 10/6 10 AM–5:45 PM
Friday 10/7 10 AM–5:45 PM
Saturday 10/8 10 AM–5:45 PM
Sunday 10/9 1 PM–4:45 PM

About the Division

Drawing from the collection of a man riding a camel.

The Art and Architecture Collection contains published works on fine art, decorative arts, architecture and design history in general. The scope of the Collection is international, covering the arts from prehistory through the contemporary period. The holdings are remarkably rich for scholarship as a result of the original bequests from the Astor and Lenox collections, and other generous gifts. The Collection is particularly strong in the decorative arts; included among its early holdings is an antiquarian-based collection of portfolio and plate-books; the history of painting and drawing; and in Western European and American architectural history.

New Exhibition! Fortune and Folly in 1720

Fortune and Folly in 1720 title treatment and Fortuna scattering paper

September 23, 2022–February 19, 2023 

Fortune and Folly in 1720 chronicles the spectacular rise and fall of the first international bubble economy. The Mississippi and South Sea Bubbles, which spawned the invention of French banknotes as well as joint-stock companies built on fantasies of New World trade, imposed on everyday Europeans a crash course in new financial products. In turn, a bubbling print market relentlessly caricatured the meltdown, offering viewers an entertaining primer on the otherwise bewildering realities of modern economic life. Learn more.

Visiting the Collection

Can researchers walk in to access the collection?
While patrons will need to book an appointment to access materials in the Art & Architecture Collection in Room 300, same-day appointments can be made in person pending availability.

Are research appointments required to access the collection onsite?
Yes. Please book an appointment to access materials in the collection and our onsite databases.

Are virtual consultations available and are they required before making an onsite research appointment?
Virtual consultations are available for researchers who wish to discuss their research plans. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our librarians. You do not have to have a virtual consultation prior to your visit to the Art & Architecture Collection.

What else do researchers need to know about accessing the collection?
Use the catalog to browse collections that may be useful to you in order to request them for your visit. Some collections are stored offsite and require 2–3 days for delivery.

Who can researchers contact with further questions?
Please email us at art@nypl.org with any additional queries.

 

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