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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 |
Praised for her two-sided canvases that incorporate a wide range of techniques and materials, Nelson has established herself as an artist committed to thoroughly exploring the unfolding possibilities of her practice, wherever they may lead. The exhibition features a series of new freestanding works, in which Nelson has attached two paintings to a square base in parallel. These "boxes" are exhibited in front of a selection of works hanging on the walls, including older pieces from Nelson's career that contextualize this culmination of her processes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 23
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 23, 2017, 03/23/2017, Dona Nelson's models stand close to the paintings: Constructed Paintings
Opening Reception |
This exhibit intends to offer an interpretation of Thomas Jefferson's relationship with Italy, which he saw under two different lights. On the one hand, he looked to classical architecture, which he considered eternal and universal, and which he came to know through Palladio's plates and many other sources from his rich library. On the other hand, he looked to the ever-changing Italian landscape to inspire him in the creation of the rural America he dreamed of.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 23
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 23, 2017, 03/23/2017, Exhibition: Thomas Jefferson: An Italian President
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Katrina Fimmel's works on canvas shimmer like heat on a horizon. Figures, objects, words, and spatial planes layer to produce a depiction of impossible depth on a supposedly two-dimensional surface. Fimmel compresses space to create the illusion of it.   Fimmel distorts the images she chooses from the never-ending deluge of content flooding the screens we live with. Faces stretch out like they're receding into the distance. Bodies forfeit their solidity and become incomplete circuits open to being penetrated by any nearby word or cloud. Everything floats in the same medium, connected yet discrete, like organisms in water. Fimmel creates images by washing them away. Marks made with watercolor pens are rinsed (in her shower) to the limits of their existence, then the process repeats. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Mar 24
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 24, 2017, 03/24/2017, Katrina Fimmel's Cirrus: Works on Canvas
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Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visible sites of “smart city” experimentation. In response to catastrophic natural disasters, calamitous traffic congestion, and urban health epidemics, the Centro de Operações Rio (COR) was designed as a corrective tool and as a new command and control hub that would allow the city to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games. Launched in 2010, COR now monitors its urban camera network and information sensors, gauges optimal traffic patterns, determines landslide risk zones, predicts weather disruptions, and maps disease paths.The exhibition shows Rio structured through COR’s control syntax and smart city command processes. This syntax is assembled from seemingly banal “if-then” statements that become surprisingly charged by their encounters with the political and circulatory life of the city. Through COR, the exhibition sees traffic engineering as urban politics and as haunted by potential catastrophe. The exhibition also understands COR as indicative of an important new space of representation for the 21st century city and its emerging computational governmentality.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Mar 27
7:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 27, 2017, 03/27/2017, Exhibition: Control Syntax Rio
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This is an exhibition highlighting seven built works designed by architect John Hejduk (1929-2000), founding dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and one of the most important figures in architectural education of the twentieth century. The exhibition includes 43 photographs by Hélène Binet, Hejduk’s photographer of record. As part of the exhibition, the school will install two Hejduk-designed public structures as part of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program in nearby Cooper Square Park, on view from March 29 through June 11, 2017. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 29
7:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 29, 2017, 03/29/2017, Exhibition: Seven Built Projects Designed by Architect John Hejduk
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In addition to historic and aesthetic pipes, one Brooklyn-made pipe will be included in the exhibition as a result of a two-day competition held in collaboration with Brooklyn Glass, and juried by David Bienenstock. As cannabis legalization takes root and spreads, much of the media discussion surrounding this societal sea-change has focused on the economics or the politics involved. But how will ending the War on Weed transform us culturally?The hottest hot take seems to be "marijuana is going mainstream," an analysis that rather snobbishly presumes this cultural exchange will be a one-way street. So to better understand what authentic underground cannabis culture has to offer, Outlaw Glass examines work from leading "functional" glass artists and traces the history of this legally grey art form through its birth, the coordinated arrests of some of its leading practitioners, and on into a new golden age of increasing acceptance, aOutlaw Glassnd incredibly advanced works.Featured artist Bob Snodgrass pioneered the craft, building his legend by selling one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass pipes outside Grateful Dead concerts as the band endlessly toured the country. When Snodgrass finally settled down in Eugene, Oregon, in the 1990s, hordes of young artists flocked there to learn the craft and trade knowledge. Today, this new generation of practitioners pushes the art form to previously unimagined new heights.The show will display major works from leading contemporary glassblowers, plus multimedia examinations of these artists' lives, and the sub rosa subculture that supports them.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Mar 30
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 30, 2017, 03/30/2017, Outlaw Glass: An Exhibition of Glassblowing Artists
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Williams continues in the vein of recent digitally printed works but on a grander scale. While Williams enjoys the directness that comes from working digitally, he is also invested in the process of printing’s implied challenge to the doctrine of painting. By designing the content of his paintings in the digital environment, Williams both rejects the expressionistic dictum that painting is a direct extension of the body and reinvents it for the 21st century through the terms of computerized experience.         
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 30
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 30, 2017, 03/30/2017, Michael Williams: Digital Prints
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At various moments throughout Ernst’s career, from his Cologne Dada period in the 1920s onwards, the artist turned to three-dimensional materials and sculpture in intense bursts of activity. The exhibition will feature Max Ernst's Corps enseignant pour une école de tueurs (Teaching Staff for a School of Murderers), conceived in 1967 at a pinnacle moment in Ernst’s career in which he fully committed himself to sculpture with fresh rigor. Comprised of three monumental bronze figures, the sculptures synthesize Ernst’s iconic use of language and sharp witticism that in turn transcend personal significance and make pointed commentary on the modern social and political climate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Mar 30
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 30, 2017, 03/30/2017, Big Brother: Teaching Staff for a School of Murderers: Works by Max Ernst
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Artists:John Connors ◆ Susan Demmet ◆ Denise Fryburg ◆ Teresa HommelJody Leight ◆ Valerie Lynch ◆ Phyllis Tracy Malinow ◆ Ingrid Sletten
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Apr 4
5:30 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 04, 2017, 04/04/2017, Artists of Gallery35: A Group Show
Opening Reception |
Featuring:Martin FrankB.T. KimDavid KutzJake LambrozaNeil O. Lawner (pictured)Roman MakhmutovAudrey Bernstein
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Apr 4
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 04, 2017, 04/04/2017, 7 Solo Photography Shows
Opening Reception |
Infoesque includes Expanding and Remaining (2016), a series of thirty six panel paintings that use ISIS’ online English-language magazine, Dabiq, as their source material, and Infoesque (2017), a new series of larger works on canvas that explore the design strategies of Rumiyah magazine, which took over the propaganda mantel when Dabiq ceased publication in October 2016.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 13
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 13, 2017, 04/13/2017, Infoesque: Paintings by Navine G. Khan-Dossos
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Mikhail Belomlinsky started drawing as soon as he could hold a pencil, and has never stopped since. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, he received a M.F.A. in illustration from the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Art, one of the most respected art schools in Europe. Soon after graduation, Belomlinsky was given an opportunity to illustrate JRR Tolkien's "The Hobbit", and his journey began. He has worked in the illustration market ever since and has been commissioned to illustrate books, posters, greeting cards, caricatures, cartoons, and digital illustration in addition to a variety of other art-related jobs. In 1989, Belomlinsky moved to New York City and has worked as a creative director for Novoe Russkoe Slovo, the largest Russian daily newspaper in the United States. He has published over 100 books worldwide and his work has been featured in numerous galleries and exhibitions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Apr 17
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 17, 2017, 04/17/2017, Exhibition: Mikhail Belomlinsky: Encounters
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With the Talea Ensemble performing works by influential contemporary Austrian and American composers, Homages, a sound exhibition, will be on view.Curated by Christian Scheib and designed by Fränk Zimmer of musikprotokoll, Homages features 15 newly composed or arranged recorded pieces by contemporary Austrian musicians, each paying tribute to one particular pivotal artist whose work was influenced by New York. The 15 commissions are spread throughout the unique architectural structure of the building, inviting visitors to explore all public spaces of the building, which was designed by Austrian architect Raimund Abraham in 1992 and completed in 2002. Aided by sensory receivers and LED light boxes, the sound pieces are installed to be experienced privately through audio devices and headphones. Curator Christian Scheib describes Homages as "a quiet display of fireworks" in a city always on full volume; "a kaleidoscope of references emerges, relating as much about the Austrian artists as the artists to whom the reference is dedicated." Between each installation, soundscapes from NYC and Graz, Austria will be audible, emphasizing the bridge between the two cities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Apr 19
5:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 19, 2017, 04/19/2017, i>Homages: Rooftop Reception and Concert Featuring the Talea Ensemble
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