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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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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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Elisabeth Raphaël’s fourteen sculptures draw their inspiration from a reading of the Tanakh - the Hebrew Bible - but other books can be imagined too in these works. Each sculpture contains an ancient Hebrew text stamped on fragile leaves made of bone china. Some leaves are hidden between minimalist clay blocks. Other leaves are caressed by hands of wrapped textile.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 22, 2014, 10/22/2014, The Book, an Exhibition of Sculptures by French Artist Elisabeth Raphaël
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October is an exciting and busy month for chashama and the artists they support. Come see a curated selection of works by their studio artists.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 22, 2014, 10/22/2014, Chashama Studio Artists Group Show
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Featuring Judith Fegerl, Mathias Kessler, and Martin Roth.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 22, 2014, 10/22/2014, Group Show: Autoimmune
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Thiebaud has been associated with the Pop art movement of the 1960s primarily because his most celebrated imagery originated from mass-produced commercial goods. However, the reverence and sense of nostalgia with which he conveys his subjects defies such facile categorization. Wayne Thiebaud was born in Mesa, Arizona in 1920. While still in high school, he worked at Walt Disney Studios and later was an artist and cartoonist for the U.S. Air Force. He has taught at the University of California at Davis since 1960. Thiebaud received the National Medal for Arts Presidential Award for Teaching from President Clinton in 1994, a 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Design, and a 2007 Bay Area Treasure Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, Prints and Works on Paper by Wayne Thiebaud
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Róza El-Hassan (b. 1966, Budapest) is an artist of Syrian/Hungarian nationality, who works and lives in Budapest. Showcasing El-Hassan’s acute sensibility, her exhibition will include wooden figures, works on paper, wall-drawings and mixed media sculptures. Since the beginning of 2012, she is one of the organizers of Syrian Voices, which serves as a platform for artists inside Syria as well as in the diaspora.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, New Artworks by Róza El-Hassan
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OPEN STUDIOS 2014 is an annual event that invites the public to come explore and interact with member artists in the intimate setting of their studios. It is an opportunity to see the most recent works by artists at the site of their origin and to gain meaningful insight into their process of creation.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, Open Studios 2014
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Wallace’s process of abstraction is based in materiality, working methodically back from the detritus left behind in the studio, the ends become the means. The artist delves into the technical and formal properties of abstract painting by creating reliefs that prize texture, light and surface tension. By limiting his palette Wallace makes the medium the message, the works are chromatically minimalist, and materially maximalist.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, Ryan Wallace's Slo Crostic: Recent Painting and Sculpture
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The ideas behind Lake's atmospheric photography are primarily inspired by her life experiences. She has investigated sexuality and female archetypes with both humor and irony throughout her work. Mayumi Lake studied photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Since 1997, Lake's work has been exhibited at national and international venues including the MIT List Visual Arts Center, the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Fotografie Forum International (Frankfurt), Art In General, the Asia Society, and the Museum of Sex (New York).    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, Photographic Works: Mayumi Lake's Latent Heat
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THE SEED, an experimental art collaborative, will be hosting its first show. The opening reception will launch a five-day exhibit featuring original works in a variety of mediums. The same, single dream (THE SEED) was given to all artists to be used as inspiration for a new piece of work. The exhibit will feature art by painters, sculptors, designers, filmmakers, among others.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, Group Show: The Seed
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Ara Osterweil’s paintings are inspired by landscapes, both real and fantastic. Filtered through the caprice of imagination, storms, deluges, mountains, bodies of water, and gales of wind appear and disappear in luminous layers of color. Ara Osterweil is a painter, writer, and film scholar. A native of Brooklyn, she now spends her time between New York and Montreal, where she is a professor of film at McGill University.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, Landscape Paintings: Wanderlust by Ara Osterweil
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The artist will unveil his 20-foot aluminum sculpture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 23, 2014, 10/23/2014, Sculpture: Charlie Hewitt's White Light
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For nearly half a century, Zarina has explored the notion of home, be it the space between four walls, the familiar script of a mother tongue, or the constancy of the horizon line. Her life and the places that define it are the subject of her art, and her particular story – that of an immigrant, a traveler, and a citizen of the world – is one that resonates widely. Best known as a printmaker, Zarina also creates sculptural installations, collages, and other unique works on paper. Her compositions are precise and refined yet never austere by virtue of carefully chosen materials such as handmade paper, gold leaf, and sumi ink. Paper is fundamental to her practice and as evidenced by the impressive 50-part portfolio Folding House, it can be manipulated in countless ways. In each of these collages, fragments of paper from discarded projects are torn, cut, dyed, gilded, and burnt to represent home in all its strength and fragility. As a set, it also constitutes an index of Zarina’s previous meditations on the house and the title alludes to a kind of closure.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 24, 2014, 10/24/2014, Zarina's Descending Darkness: New Prints, Works on Paper, Sculpture
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An exhibition of photographs of Herko in performance by Al Giese, George Herms, Peter Moore, Billy Name, Edward Olaksek, Terry Schutté, Vladimir Sladon and Van Williams.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 25, 2014, 10/25/2014, Possibilities for a Pleasant Outing, Photographs of Dancer Fred Herko
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Bettina Blohm has been refining her abstract paintings for nearly thirty years. Her visual language is inspired by the dense color palettes of Matisse, the scale and breadth of the Abstract Expressionists, and the poetic lack of naturalism of Asian landscape paintings. Ulf Puder’s paintings depict haunting environments filled with abandoned architecture and other symbols of human industrialization. With unexpected color choices - pink and yellow patches of roof, blue or purple walls - these works seem both familiar and otherworldly.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 26, 2014, 10/26/2014, 2 Solo Exhibitions: Bettina Blohm / Ulf Puder
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An exhibition of thesis work by the MPS Digital Photography class of 2014. Curated by New York City gallerist and faculty member Michael Foley.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 29, 2014, 10/29/2014, 23/7, a College Exhibition
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Paris City of Light by Christopher Thomas captures the streets and sights of Paris devoid of people in the photographer’s signature, hauntingly beautiful style. Yves Saint Laurent by Roxanne Lowit presents a personal photographic history of Yves Saint Laurent from 1978, the year Roxanne Lowit first met him, to the last show he gave in 2002.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 29, 2014, 10/29/2014, 2 Art Shows: Roxanne Lowit / Christopher Thomas
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With: Cristian Segura, Lorena Guillen Vaschetti, Miriam Peralta, and Julian Teran.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 29, 2014, 10/29/2014, Group Show: Silences
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During the Fall of 2013, 15 students collaborated with Documentary Strategies instructor Vincent Cianni in an effort to document the town of Towanda, PA through photography, interviews, and video. The resulting body of work, including a series of photographs by Towanda High School students, formed a portrait of a community that expands received notions of documentation, subject, and observation.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 29, 2014, 10/29/2014, College Exhibition: Towanda: An American Town Pictured
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4:00: ake a free class with Julia Burrer in the new Studio C, and then join the party in the Gallery. /> 6:00: Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Gallery, the unveiling of the newly named Center and Performance Lab, and a toast to the funder. Plus, catch the end of class in the new Studio C to see students in action. 7:00: Dance party    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 30, 2014, 10/30/2014, Dance Center Grand Opening
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The show deals with issues of déjà vu and how it is both a concept and sensation that has captivated audiences for generations. Fourteen artists will be in included in the show hailing from New York and beyond.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 30, 2014, 10/30/2014, Group Exhibition: Déjà vu
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To understand a line is to appreciate it as a fingerprint of pressure, and a source of balance. Dutch artist Eleonora Tammes investigates the complexities and subtleties of the linear form. Through her process, time and space becomes a warpage of serpentine-like lineation. This body of work, created primarily with acrylic, paintmarker and graphite on paper, record the physical and emotional forces that compete for boundary and dominance.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 30, 2014, 10/30/2014, Eleonora Tammes: Works on Paper
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This show will feature the winning entries in the 10th Annual National Alternative Processes Competition, as well as new alternative processes work by the gallery's photographers. Nearly 650 images from across the United States were submitted to the competition. The winners are: - Melitte Buchman, Brooklyn, New York, First Place - Judy Bergman Hochberg, Canton, Massachusetts, Second Place - Timothy McCoy, Cumming, Georgia, Third Place    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, November 04, 2014, 11/04/2014, Photography: 10th Annual National Alternative Processes Competition
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David Bianculli, TV critic for NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, has been a TV critic for almost 40 years — and a TV viewer for 60. He exhibits the television programs and transitions that shaped him, impressed him, and maybe even warped him a little. He traces certain TV evolutionary themes through the ages, such as “single working women on TV,” and also exhibits some of his personal collections: of related artwork and toys, old television equipment, and decades of promotional press kits and freebies from various TV networks and production houses. He even displays his first surviving piece of television criticism—written in his diary at age 6.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Exhibition: Bianculli’s Personal Theory of TV Evolution
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The first solo exhibition in the United States of paintings by Marcel Eichner. Eichner was born in 1977, in Siegburg, Germany. From 1998 to 2004 he studied at the Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf, under Professor Jorg Immendorff, and now lives and works in Berlin.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, November 07, 2014, 11/07/2014, Marcel Eichner: New Paintings
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Utilizing color as pure light and physical energy, the artist creates abstracted landscapes and imagery of the metaphysical energies present in the everyday world. The colors and the nuance embedded in each piece communicate what is in the mind and heart outside of verbal language and act as a natural container for stillness and deep reflection.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, November 07, 2014, 11/07/2014, Karen Fitzgerald's Immeasurable Light: Luminous Tondo Paintings
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Chungpo Tsering, born in 1979, studied at the TCV school in Dharamsala, India.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, November 14, 2014, 11/14/2014, Vagabond Art by Chungpo Tsering
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Internationally acclaimed mixed media artist Bastienne Schmidt explores through her painting, drawing and photography the subtle interaction between nature and imagination, and the sensation and memory of travel, both physically and metaphorically.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 04, 2014, 12/04/2014, Bastienne Schmidt's Topography of Quiet: Painting, Drawing, Photography
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