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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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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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Maria Cienfuegas: "I approach my work from the combined influence of art and science. My photographs emerge from these complementary systems. Within this dynamic I am interested in the social/anthropological aspects. I look for places of remembrance and forgetfulness. Photography is my way of revealing memory, in all its complexity." Steven Gilbert: "Using parts of the Williamsburg Bridge, I have devised spaces for the imagination to play. People can seem merged with nightmarish steel, while girders and bolts can appear alive with human-like figures or suggest landscapes. These photographs are the unforeseen results of combining multiple exposures in the camera, not calculated computer manipulations in post-production; they were all surprises to me at first sight, as perhaps to you now." Carol Julien: "I am a New York City based street photographer continuously inspired by urban environments and the split second capture of life's surprising, unscripted, fleeting moments. I never leave home without a camera in my bag. I work mostly in high contrast black and white, which often mirrors the contrasts I find between people and their surroundings in large city streets." Stephen Rae: "The India I fell for as a grad student in the late 1970's was a country imbued with strength, resolve, determination, and persistence - a will to survive and even thrive amidst abject conditions of social and economic hardship - all in the midst of an ancient environment of high spirituality. My need to rediscover my love affair with India recently drove me back to the wet darkroom, after 25 years, to print my mostly unprinted negatives."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 06, 2015, 01/06/2015, 4 Photography Shows
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Curated by Pauline Chernichaw, the show brings together six visual artists working in art photography today. The works by featured artists Trix Rosen, Ellen Denuto, Heidi Sussman, Alice Jacob, Masayo Nishimura, and Pauline Chernichaw explore individual and communal identity transfigured within the framework of public and private spaces.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 08, 2015, 01/08/2015, Group Exhibition: Out and Out
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In the sway between chaos and calm, Nana Olivas feels comfortably settled in the unknown. She embraces a creative process that is intensely physical, and often unpredictable. In her work, the exchange between mediums – gesso, varnish, wood, and muslin - becomes a dance of chance, choice, and change
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 08, 2015, 01/08/2015, Paintings: Pieces by Nana Olivas
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For both painters, nature is the source of inspiration, although they approach it from widely different perspectives. Shi Jing is inspired by views of the world from outer space, by vast perspectives, mountain ranges and impressive landscapes, but is reluctant to approach these themes in a traditional way. Wu Didi, on the other hand, focuses on the constituent parts of the natural world: weeds, stones, and insects, for example, and paints them in minute detail on blank canvases. The dialogue between the two artists is a stimulating one.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 08, 2015, 01/08/2015, Paintings: Shi Jing / Wu Didi
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Between Love and Me explores the dialogue of flesh on flesh, fabric on flesh and the body's connection with nature; with our private moments of time and objects of space, these are the tactile experiences in Michelle Doll's work. Centered on the human figure, Doll portrays the unspoken, soundless and intimate nature of a soul's connection to the material world. She is interested in moments of interconnection that contain meaning beyond the setting, and explore the intimate energy that either exists, or is immensely desired, if it does not exist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 08, 2015, 01/08/2015, Paintings: Michelle Doll's Between Love and Me
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The exhibition presents five monumental paintings from the early 1970s, when the artist’s work was in a state of euphoric flux. Though he took up the legacy of Abstract Expressionism with vigor, Strautmanis pushed his large-scale canvases toward the brink of material overload and established his own performative brand of painting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 08, 2015, 01/08/2015, Edvins Strautmanis: Five Monumental Paintings
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were originally conceived and produced in 2006–07 as part of the project Pattern Recognition. Reichek began by shopping for images of iconic art works on Google. Each image was then simplified into a vector file, reduced to a palette of two to seven colors and programmed for a digital sewing machine. The final embroidered icon has zigzag edges, as though it had been cut with pinking shears, like the fabric swatches long a staple of the textile industry. Employing a combination of digital and mechanical production, these densely stitched badges of uniform size and shape return the artworks on which they are based to much earlier fabric-based traditions of pattern and design.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 08, 2015, 01/08/2015, Fabric Art: Elaine Reichek's Swatches
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Based in Havana all his life, 42-year-old Fariñas has spent a great deal of his career exploring his themes of chaos, disorder, infinity, dysfunction, and transmutation. Borderline Dysfunction, consisting of two oil paintings and eleven watercolor drawings arranged chronologically from 1999 to 2012, traces the development of Fariñas' singular vision, a universe in which an anguished reality is transformed in a mesmerizing array of surprisingly tender grotesqueries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 08, 2015, 01/08/2015, Contemporary Cuban Art: José Luis Fariñas's Borderline Dysfunction
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For her third show wit hthe gallery, Anya Gallaccio will present new sculptures that draw upon the formal language of Minimalism including floor works that are variations on a cube. Composed of various species of stone from the western United States, including limestone, sandstone, and granite, these works demonstrate Gallaccio’s ongoing exploration of the states of natural materials. Anya Gallaccio (b. 1963, Scotland) attended Kingston Polytechnic and Goldsmiths College at the University of London. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at Tate London (2003); Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena (2005); Sculpture Center, New York (2006); Camden Art Centre, London (2008); and Artpace, San Antonio (2013).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 09, 2015, 01/09/2015, Anya Gallaccio debuts new sculptures
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An exhibition by artists linked to and inspired by the life work of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 09, 2015, 01/09/2015, Group Show: Tendrel: Interconnections
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Artists Anna K.E., Alina Tenser, and Viola Yeşiltaç have personal relationships with performance, which possesses varying degrees of presence within—and relevance to—their respective practices. The works created for this show gesture toward an in-between space shared by art with audiences, one which is freed from the designations of beginning and end, instead suspending an implied or inherent performance in time, and collapsing the physical states of objects, bodies, and surfaces onto a single plane.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 13, 2015, 01/13/2015, No Entrance, No Exit: A 3-Artist Show
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Featuring new works by Hannah Chalew, Teresa Cole, Margaret Evangeline, Jeffrey Forsythe, Rashaad Newsome, Christopher Saucedo, and Dan Tague.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 15, 2015, 01/15/2015, Pulp Fictions: Handmade Paper Works by New Orleans Artists
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Florian Reischauer's solo show is a narration based on childhood memories which takes place in a little village in the countryside. It deals with traditions, recurring seasons, the feeling of being protected by a familiar constant and a certain consciousness of being stuck in time. It's a never-ending story with an unwritten plot, which is nevertheless created by its protagonists. Florian Reischauer (b. 1985) is an Austrian photographer and blogger based in Berlin. In 2013, a solo exhibition of the project was shown at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Berlin, and a book of the same name has just been published.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 16, 2015, 01/16/2015, Photography: Florian Reischauer's Grüss Gott - A Fairy Tale
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The exhibition showcases the work of Aneta Bartos, Amanda Charchian, Shae Detar, Olivia Locher, and Marianna Rothen. Each artist will be represented by approximately ten photographs from their recent work, all of the images portraying women. These young artists share a common method of bringing themselves and their friends to a location where they enact loosely scripted narratives, usually in the nude. These photographs address notions of the post-selfie and confront post-feminist ideologies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 22, 2015, 01/22/2015, Pheromone Hotbox: Five Young Women Photographers
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Concert | French chanson and jazz

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Concert | Piano works of Ravel, Ives and others

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Concert | Vintage retro orchestra with modern sensibility

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