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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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On March 19, Sara Magenheimer began work on False Alphabets. Magenheimer will construct sculptural sets composed of photographs, objects, and film equipment that will become the backdrop for a new video. The script for the video, written by Magenheimer, continues the artist’s interest in voice, and employs cinematic tropes that conflate embodied language and location. The script will evoke the role of “The Radio DJ” epitomized by characters like Mister Señor Love Daddy in Do The Right Thing and DJ Stevie Wayne in The Fog. These figures act as the omnipotent narrators of their films as well as create diegetic soundtracks to their cinematic worlds. Simultaneously addressing the movie going audience, the other characters, and their communities, their music is embodied rather than a superficial add-on for the viewer’s emotional manipulation. Collaborating artists Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Free Paint (Magenheimer and Saunier) and more will perform the music for and act as narrators in this video. Performers will make mixes that involve narration and music. These mixes will function as a soundtrack for the video.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Opening Receptions, April 18, 2015, 04/18/2015, Performance Art: Sara Magenheimer's False Alphabets
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An exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Stefan Kürten features "Running to stand still" (2014), a large scale painting depicting a grid of houses which emerge from a golden, abstracted thicket and represent Kürten’s typography of 20th Century homes.
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Opening Receptions, April 18, 2015, 04/18/2015, Exhibition: Stefan Kürten Running to stand still
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From 2006 to 2007 Mauss and Okiishi collaborated on One Season in Hell, an artwork titled after a web-based mistranslation of Arthur Rimbaud’s infamously untranslatable poem Une Saison en Enfer (1873). For One Season in Hell, the artists used now-outmoded word-for-word translators—better known as machine translators—to generate a fragmented version of the opus. Derived from One Season in Hell, Mauss and Okiishi’s new commission investigates the complexities of virtual communication and the variance of meaning in transliterated language. Rather than unraveling an authored text, however, Poetry as not, with singing positions the visitor as poetic generator in which a user’s type is translated into disjointed text and, at times, audible song. Balancing structure and abstraction, while eschewing the fluid speech of today’s statistically based translators, Poetry as not, with singing transmutes the inputted text by a set of irrational rules. Nick Mauss and Ken Okiishi have been working together since they met in art school at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, in 1998. Their collaborative artworks emerge from a continuous dialogue hile they simultaneously pursue individual practices. Past collaborative exhibitions include: One Season in Hell at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York (2007) and at MD 72 in Berlin (2008); A Fair to Meddling Story at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart in Germany (2007); the White Columns Annual at White Columns in New York (2012); and an exhibition at Mendes Wood DM in São Paulo (2014).
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Opening Receptions, April 18, 2015, 04/18/2015, Performance Art: Nick Mauss and Ken Okiishi's Poetry as not, with singing
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Berger belongs to a generation of young artists who reflect on digitalization through mixed-media works and question its influence on our society. In the exhibition, Berger’s photographs and installations enter a close dialog and thus create a space for empathy and sensuality. Anna-Sophie Berger (born in 1989) studied fashion design and trans-disciplinary art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her approach to the visual arts is characterized by a particular analytical depth and remarkable freedom from genre constraints. In a subtle manner, her textile works, photographs, installations, and performances question the sensuality of the material and disclose invisible processes of commercial production. Since 2012, Berger’s work has been presented in international galleries and institutions.
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Opening Receptions, April 19, 2015, 04/19/2015, Exhibition: Anna-Sophie Berger: Growing Horns
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The first major museum retrospective of works by Tseng Kwong Chi (1950-1990), a prolific artist and key documentarian of Manhattan’s downtown scene in the 1980s. The exhibition features over 80 photo-based works alongside archival materials by the Hong Kong-born Canadian artist who died in 1990 at the age of 39 from AIDS-related complications.
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Opening Receptions, April 20, 2015, 04/20/2015, Photography: Tseng Kwong Chi's Performing for the Camera
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Uruma Takezawa is one of Japan's rising stars in the field of photography and the recently announced Grand Prize Winner of the third Nikkei National Geographic Photo Prize. This marks Takewaza's first exhibition in the United States. The show will present over 40 photographs by Takezawa, including seven large-scale works, which explore and document the vast diversity of the world's people and communities.
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Opening Receptions, April 21, 2015, 04/21/2015, Land, Photographs by Uruma Takezawa
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David Levine is an artist based in Brooklyn and Berlin. Levine’s performance projects have recently been presented at Museu Coleção Berardo in Lisbon (2014), BRIC in Brooklyn (2014), the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (2013), Performance Space 122 in New York (2012), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams (2011), and the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2010). Levine is a Professor of Art and the Director of Studio and Performing Arts at Bard College Berlin. He currently lives and works in Berlin and New York.
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Opening Receptions, April 21, 2015, 04/21/2015, Artist Talk: David Levine
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Gisella Sorrentino is a photographer based in New York City, originally from Rome. Sorrentino utilizes the process of double-exposure and combines performance with static backgrounds that merge subjects with textures such as asphalt, cobble stones, sand and ocean water. In each piece the artist evokes nostalgia and ambiance, playing upon the desire of place rather than presenting its actuality.
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Opening Receptions, April 22, 2015, 04/22/2015, Installation: Gisella Sorrentino's Transitory
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Mary Corse’s work was recently exhibited in several historically significant exhibitions including Venice in Venice, a collateral exhibition curated by Nyehaus in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011); Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany (2011); Phenomenal: California Light and Space, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2011).
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Opening Receptions, April 23, 2015, 04/23/2015, Paintings by Mary Corse
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Afro Libio Basaldella (March 4, 1912 – July 24, 1976) was an Italian painter and a member of the Scuola Romana.
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Opening Receptions, April 23, 2015, 04/23/2015, Exhibition: Afro
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Yuskavage’s works merge popular culture and a deep engagement with the history of art. Widely associated with a re-emergence of the figurative in contemporary painting, she has always maintained the primacy of color, with her narratives intricately based in her use of paint. In this new selection of works, atonal and prismatic spectrums appear as personifications of themselves, and her characters become like embodiments of various tones.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, April 23, 2015, 04/23/2015, Lisa Yuskavage: Recent Paintings and Pastels
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British artist Richard Nott and American artist David Prentice seem to represent opposite polarities in contemporary art practice, each are dedicated to pursuing works with an autonomous presence devoid of egotistical flourishes, their tools, methods, and results are totally different from one another yet they share a direct confrontational presence.
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Opening Receptions, April 23, 2015, 04/23/2015, 2 Art Shows: David Prentice / Richard Nott
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Bert Stern conceived of his ultimate photographic romance with a vivacious woman on his flight to Rome in the spring of 1962. He was at the height of his success, eagerly sought after by art directors and fashion editors, and able to gain access to nearly any celebrity - so why not America’s leading sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe?
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Opening Receptions, April 23, 2015, 04/23/2015, Photography: From the Archives of Bert Stern
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The artist’s first solo exhibition in New York in over a decade will be his latest series of photographs of performers, artists and gymnasts printed directly on toile de Jouy fabric. Each piece is unique and will be mounted over a large-scale installation of the same toile de Jouy fabric found in the works, thereby creating an environment that references the French countryside room at Monet's home and gardens in Giverny that inspired the series, where Hailand was artist in residence in 2012. The majority of images were shot in either France or Hollywood.
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Opening Receptions, April 23, 2015, 04/23/2015, Exhibition: Tim Hailand: New Gold Dream
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50 black-and-white and color photographs taken in Brooklyn, Manhattan and The Bronx over a five-decade span.
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Opening Receptions, April 24, 2015, 04/24/2015, Photos: Jerome Liebling's Brooklyn and Other Boroughs, 1946-1996
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This is the Tokyo-based photographer's fifth solo exhibition at the gallery. The artist will be present at the opening. The exhibition features Anrakuji's five color and seventeen gelatin silver prints in her usual intimate scale.
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Opening Receptions, April 25, 2015, 04/25/2015, Photography: Emi Anrakuji's 1800 Millimètre
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In the artist’s fifth solo show with the gallery, Oursler will exhibit new sculptural works highlighting his interest in the relationship between humans and machines, exemplified through the development and proliferation of facial recognition technology. The artist will be present for an opening reception. Tony Oursler (b. 1957, New York) received a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1979. Oursler’s extensive exhibition history includes the acclaimed 2004 exhibition Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque, SITE Santa Fe, curated by Robert Storr; the retrospective exhibition Dispositifs, which traveled from the Jeu de Paume, Paris, to the DA2 Domus Atrium, Salamanca, and the Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen, in 2005; and recent solo exhibitions at Artsonje Center, Seoul (2012); ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark (2012); Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev (2013); Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao Paolo (2013); and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2014).
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Opening Receptions, April 29, 2015, 04/29/2015, New Works by New Media Artist Tony Oursler
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Michael Sorgatz's paintings of figures in urban landscapes depict the constant evolution of the city. Moment by moment, the people of the city spontaneously create the experience of city life for each other. Like a river that can never be stepped in twice, so too is a walk along the streets. Working from digitally manipulated photographs, Sorgatz breaks down the image into abstract organic forms and then begins using an improvisational method of applying paint with a variety of tools. His technique creates a highly textured surface as layers of paint build the picture, obscuring identities and context. The final paintings capture the feeling of those moments on the crowded street where figures emerge from a storm of vibrant, buzzing colors, moving through one another in a playful exchange of anonymity.
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Opening Receptions, April 30, 2015, 04/30/2015, Recent Work by Painter Michael Sorgatz
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Hope Gangloff uses form to buttress her compositional strategies. She wields the brush like a pen using small, tight strokes to convey a speed which belies the delicacy and deliberation that establish them as sites of optic pleasure. In recent years her palette has brightened and the requisite use of pattern has been taken to new heights, creating a visual narrative that triangulates the viewer in a relationship between style and subject matter.
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Opening Receptions, May 01, 2015, 05/01/2015, Hope Gangloff: New Paintings
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Colonial Arrangements will feature new and established work by world-renowned British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. Celebrated for his extensive use of Dutch wax textiles, Shonibare makes art that’s at once colorful, invigorating, fantastical and thought-provoking. Colonial Arrangements will place in several of its period rooms classic Shonibare sculptures taken from the series “Mother and Father Worked Hard So I Can Play” and “Planets In My Head,” as well as an entirely new work which uses 19th-century-inspired theatrical techniques to create a ghostly apparition of Eliza Jumel, MJM’s longest-standing resident.
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Opening Receptions, May 01, 2015, 05/01/2015, Yinka Shonibare MBE: Colonial Arrangements
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The exhibition presents an intimate audiovisual landscape that magnifies the boundaries of childhood experience. Carla Hernandez considers how children are far from passive participants in an adult world, highlighting a deep sensitivity to the emotional currents that pulse through their lives.
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Opening Receptions, May 02, 2015, 05/02/2015, Exhibition: Carla Hernandez: To The Beat of Her Own Drum
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Wool was born in 1955 and lives in New York City and Marfa, Texas. Recent exhibitions include his 2013-2014 retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York which traveled to the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2012 Wool completed his first public commission, a series of stained-glass windows for an eleventh-century church priory in the city of La Charité-sur-Loire, France. Also currently on public view is Wool’s untitled sculpture from 2013 near Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park in the City of Chicago.
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Opening Receptions, May 02, 2015, 05/02/2015, New Paintings and Sculptures by Christopher Wool
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With: ANNA K.E., DANA LEVY, MARILYN MINTER.
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Opening Receptions, May 02, 2015, 05/02/2015, Enchanted Space: A 3-Artist Exhibition
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With: Martin Frank, Barry Guthertz, Jordan Matter, Joel Morgovsky, Jean Nestares, Bruce Wodder, Francisco Diaz and Deb Young.
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Opening Receptions, May 05, 2015, 05/05/2015, Photography Shows
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American photographer David Leventi (b. 1978) takes people inside the hallowed interiors of more than 40 opera houses located in nineteen countries and built over four centuries on four continents.
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Opening Receptions, May 07, 2015, 05/07/2015, Photos: Opera by David Leventi
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In this technologically innovative and wildly popular “first Indian comic book of its kind”(The New York Times), a mortal woman falls victim to a brutal sexual assault, then joins forces with the Goddess Parvati to fight against sexual violence. Dive into an augmented reality, via a smartphone app, and engage in a discussion with Priya’s Shakti creators as the gallery is transformed into a living comic book.
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Opening Receptions, May 07, 2015, 05/07/2015, Priya's Shakti: Augmented Reality Comic Book and Exhibition
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From the artist: "The initial inspiration for my current body of work was drawn from the re-examination of two books 'Impossible Exchange' by Jean Baudrillard and 'The Medium Is the Message' by Marshall McLuhan, in order to punctuate their current social relevance, and to highlight an unrestrained headlong journey to burn the socially viable candle at both ends."
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Opening Receptions, May 15, 2015, 05/15/2015, Impossible Exchange by Kevin Bourgeois: Mixed Media Drawings
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Envisioning Ecstasy features documentary and conceptual imagery expressing the kaleidoscopic experience of the Kalachakra Initiation and the complexity of life in remote Ladakh, India. The root of the word ecstasy, ek- "out," and stasis “stand,” conveys the simultaneous outer and inner visions of the two photographers, mirroring the transcendent nature of the Kalachakra teachings. The treasured Kalachakra, "Wheel of Time,” teachings are a once secretive ritual that brought wisdom to the mythical Shambhala and continue to be of great benefit to Tibetans and the world today. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama bestowed the 33rd Kalachakra Initiation in Ladakh, India in July 2014.
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Opening Receptions, May 20, 2015, 05/20/2015, Envisioning Ecstasy: Works by Cira Crowell and Christopher Michel
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