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14 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.

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Sugatarium explores the uncontrollable and insanely addictive hold sugar has on us. In these troubled and unsettled times – where nothing seems to make sense – artist Peter Anton heightens the delirium by transforming the gallery into a Sugatarium. He describes the transformed space as “an asylum that is locked up and long forgotten. Visitors must sneak into the Sugatarium through an open window. Institutional beds await the new ‘patients’ where they can rest and view the artwork while confronting their own dependence on sweets.” At the exhibition opening, for their own safety, visitors will only be allowed to speak with Anton through a glass partition via a phone intercom system.Monumental-sized, vibrant, and hyper-realistic sculptures – including a cherry pie, an ice cream sundae, cake, macarons, and other sugary treats – will be smashed, mushed, splattered, broken and thrown throughout the space. Anton’s sculptures are highly detailed and hand-crafted from carefully selected and manipulated materials, including resin, plaster, wood, clay, aluminum, and acrylic and oil paints.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 27
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Peter Anton’s Sugatarium: An Installation
Opening Reception |
This is an exhibition of three films by artist Cameron Jamie, spanning a decade of work. This installation marks the first time that Jamie has programmed these films, including BB  (1998-2000), Kranky Klaus (2002-2003), and Massage the History (2007-2009), to focus on the theme of the home as a site of intersection between public and private rituals.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 27
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Domestic Arenas: Three Films by Artist Cameron Jamie
Opening Reception |
Artists:Richard Artschwager / David Baskin / Lawrence Berzon / Julien Bismuth / Richard Bosman / Barbara Ess / Terence Gower / Dorothea Lange / Louise Lawler / Sherrie Levine / Paul McCarthy / Bill Owens /Gordon Parks / Heidi Schlatter / Claudia Sohrens / Steel Stillman
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Apr 27
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, American Interior: Group Show
Opening Reception |
Attenuated elongated leaves are reaching up, stretching, radiating, curling, twisting, waving, emerging from gnarled, ribbed trunks. Carol Goebel evokes the natural world of plant life in wood fired clay. The kiln produces swaths of fire that striate the trunks and leaves with brownish purples, greens and yellows. Some sculptures have diffuse shooting leaves while in others, single leaflets sprout from decayed mottled stalks. As counterpoint, also displayed are vibrant, subtly colored pastel paintings that echo the sculptures' starker lines. Carlyle Chaudruc Upson continues her exploration of watercolor grass painting in a series inspired by hiking in Asia and the United States. These linear paintings, created in a very gestural manner, explore the varied and kinetic texture of grasses as they move in the wind.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 27
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, 2 Art Shows: Carole Goebel / Carlyle Chaudruc Upson
Opening Reception |
This is the New York-based artist's third solo show with the gallery.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 27
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Exhibition: Luca Dellaverson's Mystic Stylez
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An annual exhibition of outstanding creative work by graduate students in the School of Media Studies. Selected by a panel of distinguished jurors, Mixed Messages projects include installations, interactive experiences, web-based work, and works on paper. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Apr 28
7:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 28, 2017, 04/28/2017, Mixed Messages: Media Studies 21st Annual Graduate Media Showcase
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With the Eyes of Others presents more than one hundred works by thirty artists active in the Hungarian Neo-avant-garde in the latter half of the 20th Century. Organized by New York-based guest curator András Szántó, this will be the first large-scale exhibition in the United States devoted to a fertile yet underappreciated period in Hungarian art. Against the backdrop of an authoritarian system, which placed strict ideological limits on free expression, this group of artists found diverse and inventive ways in which to encrypt and express powerful messages in the face of the constrained social, cultural, and political reality of their time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, May 1
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Exhibition: With the Eyes of Others: Hungarian Artists of the Sixties and Seventies
Opening Reception |
Park West Camera Club 80th Anniversary Exhibition, one of the oldest and largest camera clubs in New York City, is celebrating its 80th anniversary. Photographs and documents from the archives recalling its early history will be exhibited. Its present is represented by a slideshow of current members’ images.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 2
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Five solo shows: photography
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Over the past 25 years, Paine’s sculptures ruminate upon the clash of the human and the natural worlds, and the warring of chaos and control that result from humanity’s attempts to manage the process. Fusing organic forms, such as trees, flowers, and fungi with man-made structures and materials among which include stainless steel, epoxy, and polymer, Paine invents, distorts, surprises and confounds our perception of the natural and inorganic and the real and artificial. Farewell Transmission presents two distinct series, Dioramas and Dendroids; each expresses the artist’s anxieties about the human impact on our habitat and the mechanized tools that seek to impose order and control, often to disordered and unpredictable ends.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 2
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, Farewell Transmission: Recent Scultpure by Roxy Paine
Opening Reception |
This exhibition looks at the work of Janis Avotins, Rebecca Salter and Giuseppe Uncini, who “find beauty not in the thing itself but in the pattern of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates” (Tanizaki). 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 3
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, In Praise of Shadows: A 3-Artist Exhibition
Opening Reception |
The son of an engineer, Burden’s fascination with the craft of building and construction grew beyond his early childhood years into his post-performative works; this highlighting a dichotomy between his childhood hobbies of constructing Lego models, to that of re-creating architectural kits as a professional artist later on in his adulthood. Burden was able to extend his child-like curiosity into his art making, bringing with him an appreciation for high risks, as well as a strong desire for a sense of innocence so many artists hope to prevail when they enter a new state of mind. Over time, Burden has shown that like a child, he is unafraid of taking on risky challenges, exploring unfamiliar mediums, and rewording ideas of the norm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 3
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Chris Burden's Hobby Shop: Sculptures and Drawings
Opening Reception |
Drain’s first New York City solo exhibition in a decade is named after author Junot Diaz’s call to locate optimism through new activism and empowerment, by strengthening our “utopia muscles” in the face of fear and anger towards our current chaotic national condition. While this is Drain’s most overtly political exhibition title to date, it peacefully dovetails with his ongoing interest in how individualized and labor-intensive eforts—particularly in performance, painting, collage, and sculpture—can shape collective identity in a finished artwork.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 3
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Exhibition: Jim Drain's Utopia Muscle
Opening Reception |
Artists: Alex Chan, Blythe Cross, Grey Cruz, Claudia Di Maio, Maiya Elliott, Imani Hamilton, Ryan Helfant, Benjamin Hilf, Coco Hirsch, David Holly, Hao Lin, Corinne Mares, Hailey McCracken, Ellie Musgrave, Aliya Nimmons, Sam O’Neill, Mine Paksoy, Jherry Ramirez, Caleb Wesley Young Shelton, Rebecca Steltz, Emmalyn Sullivan, Anastazia Swerer-McNutt, Melissa Tesillo, Christina Washburn, Sydney Wilson, Joan Wyeth, Alexander Zuckerman
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 10
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, May 10, 2017, 05/10/2017, Era of Good Feelings: College Photography Show
Opening Reception |
Promises to Keep examines the close relationship between autobiography, self-portraiture, and performance in the construction and (re)presentation of "identity." Exploring the use of the artist’s body in self-representational acts of eleven female artists from Pakistan who span three generations, the exhibition looks at how self-parody, activism, nationalism, popular culture, and feminism cross paths in these enactments. Memory, history, gender, and socio-political/cultural constructs coexist within the same space when performing these self-portraits.Featuring work by: Bani AbidiNilofar AkmutHurmat ul AinNaazish AttaullahLali KhalidAmber Hammad Salima HashmiMehr JavedAyesha JatoiRabbya NaseerZoya Siddiqui
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 7
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 07, 2017, 06/07/2017, Promises to Keep: A Group Exhibition
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