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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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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.
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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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Doherty’s most recent video work is a 10-minute single-channel video installation which extends his interest in themes of landscape and memory. The video follows an unidentified man as he drives along a country road. His journey is interrupted by what might be a momentary lapse in concentration from the tedium of driving, a daydream or a rupture in the fabric of the everyday. He returns to somewhere half remembered or half forgotten; a reminder that traces of past events, whether or not visible, remain embedded within the landscape.
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Opening Receptions, October 25, 2014, 10/25/2014, Willie Doherty's The Amnesiac: Video and Photographic Works
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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.
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Opening Receptions, October 26, 2014, 10/26/2014, 2 Solo Exhibitions: Bettina Blohm / Ulf Puder
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An artist who has long been interested in our culture’s ability to communicate authentic feelings of joy, sorrow and regret through generic slogans and greeting card clichés, Josh Faught is an expert at forging specific sentiments out of glib generalizations. In both content and form, his woven, knitted and crocheted sculptures and installations frequently address issues of psychological attachment, desire, personal identity and community. Charlie Hammond, born 1979 in Aylesbury, lives and works in Glasgow.
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Opening Receptions, October 26, 2014, 10/26/2014, 2 Art Shows: Josh Faught / Charlie Hammond
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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Opening Receptions, October 30, 2014, 10/30/2014, Eleonora Tammes: Works on Paper
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Giulio Turcato's drawings were never a focus of his three past solo shows in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s. This exhibition is the first to bring together a wide selection of the artist's works on paper to the United States.
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Opening Receptions, October 30, 2014, 10/30/2014, Exhibition: Giulio Turcato
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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
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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.
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Opening Receptions, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Exhibition: Bianculli’s Personal Theory of TV Evolution
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Convergences represents the latest installment in the modernist study of space, form, geometry, and color that has become synonymous with Paul Gruhler’s distinguished studio practice. The eleven paintings on display are from his acclaimed Ketchum Hill Series.
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Opening Receptions, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Convergences: Acrylic-on-Linen Paintings by Paul Gruhler
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Copenhagen/New York-based photographer Fryd Frydendahl takes portraits on expired film, giving her works a unique, surreal look that really sets her apart.
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Opening Receptions, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Photos: Fryd Frydendahl's Mon's Future
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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.
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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.
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Opening Receptions, November 07, 2014, 11/07/2014, Karen Fitzgerald's Immeasurable Light: Luminous Tondo Paintings
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The exhibition presents five approaches in which artistic tools have been generated from the process of fragmentation and re-contextualization of language, space, and material, and which question space and occurrences. Exhibition spaces are understood as places of negotiation with their immanent identities, which are met on different levels: through deconstruction, reevaluation, and displacement. Site-specific interventions dissect and transform spatial and substantial attributions and their supposed implicitness. The exhibition includes works by Astrid Busch, Dagmar Buhr, Franziska Hünig, Antonia Low, and Michael Merck.
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Opening Receptions, November 07, 2014, 11/07/2014, Group Exhibition: Scraps of Poetry
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Chungpo Tsering, born in 1979, studied at the TCV school in Dharamsala, India.
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Opening Receptions, November 14, 2014, 11/14/2014, Vagabond Art by Chungpo Tsering
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On the occasion of the New York Studio School’s 50th anniversary, a dynamic exhibition bringing together painting by six artists who studied at the New York Studio School in the early 1970s: Andrea Belag, Robert Bordo, Joyce Pensato, David Reed, Adam Simon, and Christopher Wool; and six Studio School teachers who influenced them: Nicolas Carone, Philip Guston, Mercedes Matter, George McNeil, Steven Sloman, and Jack Tworkov.
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Opening Receptions, November 20, 2014, 11/20/2014, Exhibition: 12 Painters: The Studio School, 1974/2014
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A comprehensive collection of works from the The New York School of the 1950s and 1960s. With: Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Betty Parsons, Buffie Johnson, Ernest Briggs, Ethel Schwabacher, Friedel Dzubas, Irving Petlin, Jeanne Miles, Jeanne Reynal , Joseph Fiore, Lawrence Calcagno, Stanley Hayter, Thomas Sills.
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Opening Receptions, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Group Show: Abstract Approaches
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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.
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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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