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Where else but in New York City can you listen to a world-class musician, discuss a book with a famous author, take a part in poetry reading, have a glass of wine at an art exhibition opening, and all that on the same day, and all that free of charge!

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13 free exhibition openings in New York City (NYC)

Gallery Openings in New York City (NYC, NY, Manhattan)

It is almost impossible to list all the exhibition openings that take place in New York City art galleries. There are so many galleries, and so little time! Here is a good sampling to start with.

Opening Reception |
Figurative, abstract paintings of blood cells and the insides of the human body, an intimate glimpse of what the body goes through during any given "living moment".
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, December 03, 2016, 12/03/2016, Cells: Paintings by Johnny Thornton
Opening Reception |
Featuring: Jady Bates, Sarah Corbin, Robert Kalman, David Kutz, R. Wayne Parsons (pictured), Martin Rich, Hans Weiss.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 6
6:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Seven Solo Shows by Gallery Artists
Opening Reception |
An exhibition of work by alumni who have participated in the Skowhegan Residency Program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 8
6:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Group Exhibition: SVA X Skowhegan
Opening Reception |
With:Luis Alves Erin Karp Lucky Checkley Jon Keller Alice Jacob Carol Greenlaw Niamul Bari Helaine Soller Carey Parks- Schwartz Lin Wang
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 8
6:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Group Show: Exposure 2
Opening Reception |
Images spanning nearly three decades portray South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s leadership throughout the apartheid movement and his more recent justice work, as captured by photojournalists Sumaya Hisham and Eric Miller.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Dec 9
6:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, December 09, 2016, 12/09/2016, Tutu: Then and Now:  A Photo Exhibit
Opening Reception |
In this site specific installation Zelehoski explores the relationship between mind and reality by deconstructing and recontextualizing found objects into two and three-dimensional space. Zelehoski divides the gallery with a large-scale immersive structure that requires the viewer to traverse a constructed reality that is seemingly ready to collapse at any moment. The works in Surface Tension oscillate between loosely abstract and tautly symmetrical, utilizing steel cable, structural pipe and even fluorescent light as graphic tools. The result is contradictory in nature, representing the immutability of the physical world and the uncertainty of our perception of it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Dec 11
6:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Michael Zelehoski's Surface Tension: Site-Specific Installation
Opening Reception |
Uniquely captured in postcards, the social media of the day, lively street scenes crowded with pickle vendors, pushcarts and horse-drawn carriages present a stunning visual record of the "Jewish ghetto" in New York and locales throughout Eastern Europe. This exhibition of original postcards from the Blavatnik Archive brings images of that by-gone era back to the Lower East Side.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 15
6:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, Exhibition: The Jewish Ghetto in Postcards: From Eastern Europe to the Lower East Side
Opening Reception |
With:Stephanie Suskin Barbara Brier Rena G. Diana Ronnie Grill Madeline Farr Patricia Miller Madlyn Goldman Judith Kaplan Sheila Wolper
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 15
6:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, Group Show: Exposure 3
Opening Reception |
Harry Benson has been a witness to a great many of the major political and social events in modern history. His iconic work ranges from world leaders to pop stars, all portrayed with an immediacy and naturalness that speaks of a confidence and rapport between sitter and photographer. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Harry traveled to America with The Beatles in 1964 and never went back.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 15
6:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, Photographs: Harry Benson's Get the Picture
Opening Reception |
With:Igor Bogojevic Marcene Glover Wendy Moss Douglas La Tourette Monique Ford Chris Plaisted Orit Mardkha-Tenzer Gary Koenitzer Masayo Nishimura Libbet Loughnan
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 20
6:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, December 20, 2016, 12/20/2016, Group Show: Exposure 4
Opening Reception |
An exhibition curated by artist Susan Grabel addressing the sexism and misogyny ­ contained in laws across the country being used against women. Women are under siege from misguided legislatures and law enforcement agencies in many parts of the country. Under the guise of protecting the fetus, women are being persecuted, forced to undergo unwanted and unwarranted medical procedures, confined against their will to hospitals, imprisoned for having miscarriages as well as for using substances while pregnant even if, like methadone, they are prescribed by a doctor. Grabel chose the stories of 25 women whose circumstances illustrate these issues. She invited artists to acquaint themselves with a particular woman's story and to create an artwork in response to it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 7
6:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Group Show: Women Under Siege: It's Happening Right Here
Opening Reception |
Featuring work by:Annie DunningAganetha DyckWilliam EakinNina KatchadourianAlison Reiko Loader and Christopher Plenzich A humanist truism states that there is no art in the non-human world. And yet, there is much that is not human in art. Indeed, art history often begins with depictions of animals (usually the iconic horses of Lascaux Caves), as well as objects made from their bodies, such as etched shells, or carved bones and teeth. While assuming that such images and artifacts inaugurate an uninterrupted aesthetic evolution spanning human existence is questionable, it is nonetheless tempting to see in them one of art’s formative paradoxes: borne of our closeness with animals, it also marks our movement away from them.Although contemporary art continues to be defined by human activities, the notion of animal culture now serves as a point of departure for a range of artistic practices focused on multispecies aesthetics and interspecies communication. Animal Intent explores trends through the work of artists who partner with non-humans in the creation of unique aesthetic languages. Rather than merely representing animals, using them as surrogates, or politicizing their bodies as part of a broad social critique, these artists treat animal instinct as a form of stylistic invention in its own right. As such, their work questions the validity of anthropocentric theories of creative labor by emphasizing the aesthetic intention of animals. Animal Intent thus highlights the possibilities, limits, and ethics of collaborating with non-human others in the realization of artistic projects, while subtly questioning theories of the post-human and its contrary: the anthroposcene.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 20
6:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, January 18, 2017, 01/18/2017, Group Exhibition: Animal Intent
Opening Reception |
Yukari Edamitsu received a BFA and MFA from Kyoto City University of Arts. The Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists by the Japanese government enabled Edamitsu to participate at ISCP in NYC. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally, including solo exhibits at The Sato Museum of Art, Art-Ing Tokyo/Saison Art Program, Onishi Gallery, and group exhibits at The Flag Art Foundation, Queens Museum of Art, and The Ueno Royal Museum
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 21
6:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, January 19, 2017, 01/19/2017, Chance and Order: Paintings by Yukari Edamitsu
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