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25 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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Hard Cry, curated by Gabriel H. Sanchez, which brings together a group of five NYC-based artists – Ian Swanson, Cristina de Miguel, Tariku Shiferaw, Ryan Oskin, and Kyle Haddad Welch – whose works of painting, photography, and installation, revel in the emotional sludge of contemporary living to create deeply psychological gestures of anxiety and fatigue. Hard Cry responds to the exhaustive stimuli we experience each day and highlights progressive strides in art among New York City artists, bridging the gap between what is internalized and what is visible. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jan 22
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, January 22, 2017, 01/22/2017, Hard Cry: A Group Show
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An opening reception celebrating an exhibit of selected works by Oleg Vassiliev, regarded as a key member of the Nonconformist Art movement. The exhibit, presented by the Kolodzei Art Foundation, includes Vassiliev's 1961-62 Metro Series.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jan 23
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, January 23, 2017, 01/23/2017, Oleg Vassiliev: Metro Series and Selected Works on Paper
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This exhibition by the Italian-American Visual Artists' Network celebrates and essays the many ways artists have used paper creatively from the early Renaissance onwards - to explore and develop their visual ideas, to make one-of-a-kind works of art, and to reproduce their work in numbers.Representative works include preliminary drawings for paintings and sculptures, unique works in a variety of media, and works reproduced in the form of prints, book illustrations, and photographs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jan 23
6:30 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, January 23, 2017, 01/23/2017, Group Show: Lavori su carta: Works on Paper
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Twenty fourth-year students have contributed thesis projects in diverse mediums including painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, installation, film and writing. Each work reflects a unique and pointed expression of a young artist on the cusp of emerging from college into a larger public, where their works will engage with the cultural, the political and the social.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 24
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, January 24, 2017, 01/24/2017, The Thin Edge of the Wedge: Student Exhibition
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An event to commemorate the opening of the exhibition featuring a conversation with Luis Herrera, photographer and activist, and Ana Rodriguez, curator and researcher, both of whom are based in Quito. 6:30 - 7:30 PM Conversation7:30 - 9:00 PM Galleries on view with food and drinks
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 24
6:30 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, January 24, 2017, 01/24/2017, Group Exhibition: Urgencia Territorial/Territorial Urgency
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An installation of new paintings by Andro Wekua. Through a practice that includes film, sculpture, and collage, Wekua works in the ambiguous half-light of memory, fantasy, and history. He offers fragmented narratives, part objects, and doubled figures as meta-fictions of a self that skid against autobiographical and historical specificity
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 25
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, Andro Wekua's A Dog’s Fidelity: Paintings
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The first solo exhibition in the US of Danish artist Helene Nymann, INSCRIBED Oh Locus Locus is a site-specific performative audio-visual environment exploring the notion of embodied knowledge, the way in which associative images stimulate memory, and the borderline between the natural and the digital worlds.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jan 25
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, January 25, 2017, 01/25/2017, Helene Nymann's INSCRIBED Oh Locus Locus: Site-Specific Art
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American artist Jack Whitten will present new paintings from the series Spatial Dialogues, Quantum Wall, and Portals, as well as new works on paper. Also included in the exhibition will be a work from his Black Monolith series, an ongoing project honoring African American visionaries, many of whom the artist has known personally. Whitten holds a unique place in the narrative of postwar American art: over the course of a five-decade career he has constructed a bridge between gestural abstraction and process art, experimenting ceaselessly to arrive at a nuanced language of painting that hovers between mechanical automation and deep personal expression.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 26
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, January 26, 2017, 01/26/2017, Jack Whitten: New Paintings
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The title for this exhibition comes from the Gikuyu words for mud and trees, the prima materia for this body of work. Expanding Mutu's sculptural practice, this installation proposes an alternative to the systemic modes of representation in both Western and Eastern traditions by reimagining and recontextualizing the relations between the body, the natural world, and social forces. Well known for collages of hybrid forms drawn from folklore, popular culture, and art history, this new work marks an evolution in Mutu’s critique of the construction of self-image. The complex texture and form that these figures offer prompt inquiry into the relationship between human existence and environment, producing interactions both intimate and challenging.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 26
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, January 26, 2017, 01/26/2017, Sculptures: Wangechi Mutu's Ndoro Na Miti
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COPLEY: WOMEN unites a selection of paintings that highlight the late artist’s preoccupation with the opposite sex, which he employed as an endless source for inventive figurative and narrative paintings that explored eroticism, sexual politics and the pursuit of pleasure. Originally defying painterly trends of the 1950s by making personal and narrative works, the self-taught artist developed a radical fusion of European Surrealist vernacular and a rogue, humorous American sensibility. Sex, eroticism and cultural critique were mainstays in Copley’s oeuvre of paintings that embraced idiosyncratic figuration, candy-colored palettes and Matisse-like decorative patterning.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 26
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, January 26, 2017, 01/26/2017, William N. Copley's Women: Paintings
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Named for the waterway created when two currents converge, Tideline exhibits three artists' interpretations of wu-wei, a Taoist concept of the action of no action. Wu-wei derives from the state of "no mind," when one achieves absolute tranquility while meditating.Lotta Lemetti's photographs force us to acknowledge the overlooked beauty of our everyday lives. Kate Blomquist's brushstrokes mimic the unpredictable grace and tranquility of water. William Van Beckum uses his camera to capture the enigmatic light and growth of the forest floor. Their art reflects the essence of nature's wu-wei and what we sacrifice when "no mind" is replaced with mindlessness. Humanity must adopt the action of no action and converge into a tideline with our environment rather than extinguish it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 26
6:30 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, January 26, 2017, 01/26/2017, Tideline: Work by Three Artists
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Jackson Hallberg born in 1993, is an American artist based in New York City. Working primarily with photography, his works test the integrity and boundaries of image constructs and through staged productions he contrasts hyperrealities with banal artifacts. Hallberg holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and also studied at the Spéos Photographic Institute in Paris.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 26
6:30 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, January 26, 2017, 01/26/2017, Detachment in Reverie: Works by Jackson Hallberg
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For the season launch,  a compelling selection of artist faculty works including sculpture, painting, photography, collage, and digital media installations. These makers share material expertise with students learning in classrooms and school-based programs, build curriculum around questions being investigated in their own studio practices, and actively participate in the New York City art community. Elizabeth BoyleTracy MolisAndrew BuiJayanthi MoorthyPamela CouncilIliana OrtegaJason DasMaria Rapicavoli Trevor DavisJessica SegallSonya DermanCarolyn SicklesSol ErezEdwin SmallingEric GuerreroJeanette SpicerTakashi Horisaki          SymaChemin HsiaoRyan TothMillie KappParul VermaAlison KuoJess WorbyRandy LunaEmma Zuer (pictured) 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, January 27, 2017, 01/27/2017, Faculty Exhibition 2017
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Nothing and Everything is an exhibition dedicated to the synergistic relationship that existed between visual artists and composers living in New York City during the years following World War II. Curated by Douglas Dreishpoon, Chief Curator Emeritus at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the exhibition features works by Louise Bourgeois, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Philip Guston, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, and David Smith – mavericks who pushed the boundaries of their respective mediums to new realms of abstraction. Part of a larger coterie of creative individuals who shared a common ethos, these artists naturally sought each other out, socializing, exhibiting, and supporting each others' ideas. Paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings will be contextualized by a selection of musical scores and ephemera.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 2
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 02, 2017, 02/02/2017, Nothing and Everything: Seven Artists, 1947–1962
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In her third solo show with the gallery, Robyn O'Neil returns to the raw materials and tools that have endured to supply her simplest and most profound statements over the course of her career — large-format, graphite on paper — rendering human bodies and landscape in relationship, from beginning to end.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Feb 3
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 03, 2017, 02/03/2017, Robyn O’Neil's The Good Herd: Works on Paper
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An opening reception for Liz Rudey and Lynn Croton's collaborative exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 4
2:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 04, 2017, 02/04/2017, Exhibition: Drawings/Prints
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What does it mean to be a woman artist? Especially in today’s landscape. Feeling “boxed” in, we are ready to show the world that we are more than our “box." In fact, we are ready to break *out* of the “box.”The Box is an exhibition with work from 11 woman artists in NYC exploring the idea of what it means to be a female artist in today's crazy world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, February 04, 2017, 02/04/2017, The Box: 11 Woman Artists
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The Sculptors Guild is a collective of contemporary professional sculptors “…looking to have the freedom to make and show work within a community that supports and encourages their practices.  A rare feat in a world full of the detritus of pop culture and commodity-driven creation”, writes Brienne Walsh, art critic and historian. John Yau will be curating signature works by current Sculptors Guild members alongside historical pieces from the Guild’s collection. Works by founding member Chaim Gross as well as pieces from the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation, including drawings by member Louise Nevelson will be exhibited. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Feb 5
1:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 05, 2017, 02/05/2017, Currently 80: Exhibition Celebrating 80 Years of the Sculptors Guild
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An exhibition of student work based on the short story by Franz Kafka. Kafka’s “A Report to the Academy,” written and published in 1917, is the story of Red Peter, an ape who learned to behave like a human, presenting his transformation to an academy. It was likely inspired by the work of American psychologist Lightner Witmer, who in 1909 staged a widely publicized test of the mental abilities of a vaudeville chimp named Peter, demonstrated to a scientific panel. This parable about man and animal functioned as the thematic springboard for the MFA program's students to develop structured bodies of images without limitation in concept, medium or form. Topics explored in the works on view include multiple contemporary issues, such as animal rights, the quest for humanity, evolutionary theories, loss of identity, the psychology of learned and pretend behaviors, personal transformation and criticism of academic establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Feb 6
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, February 06, 2017, 02/06/2017, A Report to the Academy: Student Exhibition
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Featuring: Patricia Beary, Millie Falcaro, George Greenstein, Robert Kalman (pictured), Tony Kirman, Joan Lemler, Allison Rufrano.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 7
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 07, 2017, 02/07/2017, 7 Solo Photography Shows
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Serialities is a group exhibition that investigates the relationship between photography, sculpture, and drawings, and examines notions of seriality and repetition. Artists include Carl Andre, Yuji Agematsu, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Liz Deschenes, Isa Genzken, Eva Hesse, Roni Horn, On Kawara, Robert Kinmont, Louise Lawler, Zoe Leonard, Sherrie Levine, Paul McCarthy, Roman Opalka, Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, August Sander, Karin Sander, Mira Schendel, Cindy Sherman, David Smith, Ian Wallace, and Mark Wallinger. Organized with Olivier-Renaud Clement, Serialities reveals both the linear and non-linear narratives that emerge from artists’ experiments with sequencing or exploration of a continuous idea or concept.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 15
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 15, 2017, 02/15/2017, Group Show: Serialities
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A special exhibition exploring cacao and chocolate as a commodity and emerging breakfast tradition in colonial and post-colonial America. The exhibition focuses on how cocoa-typically sold in "cakes" and served as a hot drink flavored with vanilla, honey, and spices-became a popular beverage.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Feb 17
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Exhibition: A Taste for Chocolate
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Antonio Scaccabarozzi (Merate, Italy 1936-2008) and Marthe Keller (b. New York, 1948) belong to different artistic generations, had different cultural upbringings, lived on different continents, (although Keller has been present in Europe, and particularly in Italy, for a long time), and experimented with different styles. If we systematically compare their works, however, the two painters seem to move from similar visual problems, and suggest answers that unexpectedly relate to each other. Both artists base the perceptual dynamics of their works on the experience of seeing through.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 22
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 22, 2017, 02/22/2017, Seeing Through/Vedere Attraverso: Works by Antonio Scaccabarozzi and Marthe Keller
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Sara Magenheimer presents her new video, Best is Man’s Breath Quality, in which an ancient jellyfish suggests how new positions can inform our capabilities to heal. His deep-ocean vantage allows him to comment (through an authoritative voice-over) on a truer spectrum of human behavior seen up above; and his capacity for inflicting pain on human bodies finds parallels in our capacity to embody the more nebulous and unruly forces in life. With performances featuring singing and narration, Magenheimer explores how language mutates and reproduces itself in culture. Creating abstract narratives through vernacular associations, she proposes linguistic turns more empathic than expository. The human voice and sound operate as floating signifiers, addressing the body through the disembodied. Curated by Lumi Tan and Tim Griffin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Feb 24
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, February 24, 2017, 02/24/2017, Video: Sara Magenheimer's I Collect Neglected Venoms
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Artist Marie Connole re-considers the folklore and customs of the west coast of Ireland. Connole focuses on the mythical Cill Stíopháin, a drowned village in Liscannor Bay that is said to become visible for one day every seven years. It bears a striking resemblance to the fabled islands of Atlantis and Hy-Brasil.Connole distills the essence of this tale, and others from her home place, employing the lens of memory, personal narrative and history. Working with sacred iconography and archetypal symbols, she re-imagines a personal legacy through delicate drawings and watercolors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Feb 28
6:30 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 28, 2017, 02/28/2017, Marie Connole's As Above, So Below: Drawings and Watercolors
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