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New York gives you numerous choices when you are in a mood to attend an art gallery exhibition or be a part of an exhibition opening. Some sources say that there are more than a thousand of art galleries in NYC and, of  course, you do not have time to attend them all. But the good thing is that art galleries are usually located in clusters and so if you go to one of them, there is, basically, a 100% chance that you will be able to see art works, be that paintings or photos or scupltures, in many other art galleries located just nearby, whatever neightborhood you happen to be in.

The very first neighborhood where artist lived and art galleries thrived in New York City was Grenwich Village, which boated active art scene as far back as 1850. That active art scene did last: Greenwich Village was the place where Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney opened her Whitney Studio Club Gallery in 1914, which would become the Whitney Museum for American Art (now located in Chelsea).

With immigrants pouring into the city in larger numbers than ever before at the turn of the century, the wealthy families tried to outrun their spread uptown by moving to the Upper East Side. The art galleries followed the buyers and established themselves in the neighboorhood as well.

Midtown, Grenwich Village and the Upper East Side housed most of the New York art galleries for over 100 years. Those three neighborhoods continue to house many of Manhattan art galleries. Upper East Side art galleries are located mostly in the area between Park and Fifth Aves in the mid-70s. Midtown art galleries are clustered near Fifth Avenue. Many of them are on the 57th St. They usually represent big name artists.

Early in the 1960s artists started moving into the neglected commercial lofts of the cast-iron district south of Houston Street, known as SoHo. In the 1970s and ’80s SoHo was the City’s best-known art distric. But SoHo art galleries became the victims of the neighborhood's success which they themselves have created. Before the artists moved into SoHo, the neightborhood was an array of empty factories buildings and abandoned warehouses. Artists moved in as the premises had lots of light and space, and were dirt cheap. As the artists were right there, the art galleries sprang up. The neighboorhood attarcted crowds and so retailers decided to capitalize on the cool images that SoHo have attained. They flooded the area and it made the rents go skyhigh and made the area unaffordable to the artist community. This story repeats itself in many towns and cities all over the world, and so instead of dwelling on it, let us tell you which other neighborhoods have the galleries that you may want to atend. SoHo has become more of a shopping mall than a place to see intereating art work, although about 20 galleries are still located there. 

The first place that comes to mind when one talks about the artists' and galleries' flight from SoHo is, of course, Chelsea. That's where many of SoHo galleries had to run to when the skyrocketed rent forced them to leave SoHo in the 90s. Chelsea art galleries are located between 18th and 28th Streets going South/North and between 10th and 11th Avenues going East/West. If you start there you may end staying there, as Chelsea's list of galleries has about 200 names or so.

Another gallery district is the Lower East Side, which is located east of Bowery and between Houston and Grand Streets. The galleries here usually show up and coming artists. You can see there lots of local grown art. The neighborhood is filled with inviting bars, cafes and restaurants, and with small smart clothing shops. So you can combine gallery hoping with bar hoping and with shopping for something off the beaten track.
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Exhibition Openings at New York Art Galleries (NYC) Mon, 06/21/2021 - and on...

There are over a thousand art galleries in New York, most of which are located in six Manhattan neighborhoods: Chelsea, SoHo, Midtown, Upper East Side, Greenwich Village, and East Village. It is almost impossible to list all the exhibition openings that take place in NYC art galleries. Here is a good sampling to start with.

Open Studios | Open Studios (virtual)


With: Toni-Silber Delerive Xan Medina Barbara Friedman Patrick Martinez
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Studioss, June 21, 2021, 06/21/2021, Open Studios (virtual)

Opening Reception | (IN-PERSON, indoors) Four New Works: Paintings with Visceral Force


A special summer presentation of new works by the artist Spencer Lewis. Born in Hartford in 1979, Spencer Lewis is recognized for his works on cardboard and jute, executed in swathes of bright, saturated pigment with a charged physicality expressed in heavily worked and tactile surfaces, streaked lines, smears of paint, and rough, slashed strokes that crisscross back and forth with visceral force.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Tue, Jun 22
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Opening Receptions, June 22, 2021, 06/22/2021, (IN-PERSON, indoors) Four New Works: Paintings with Visceral Force

Museums | (IN-PERSON) Folk Art: Diverse and Rich


The museum's collection includes more than eight thousand works of art from four centuries and nearly every continent--from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living artists in a variety of mediums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Thu, Jun 24
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Museumss, June 24, 2021, 06/24/2021, (IN-PERSON) Folk Art: Diverse and Rich

Museums | (IN-PERSON) Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions


The collection of Tiffany's leaded glass includes an extraordinary array of floral and geometric lamps as well as landscape and figural windows. A unique feature of the collection is a vast, one-of-a-kind archive of original flat glass and pressed-glass "jewels" used by Tiffany Studios, which provides valuable insight into the development of the stained-glass movement in America at the turn of the twentieth century. Established in 1972, this art museum's permanent collection consists of around 10,000 items, over 6,000 of which are documents and objects related to the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs, some of which are on long-term display.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_Thu, Jun 24
12:00 pm

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Museumss, June 24, 2021, 06/24/2021, (IN-PERSON) Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions

Opening Reception | (In Person) Uncivil Wars: Art Using Civil War Maps


In her new body of work, Joyce Kozloff uses Civil War battle maps created by officers from both the Confederate and Union armies to explore underlying violence in the history of the United States. Viruses erupt throughout the battle maps, reflecting the pandemic that locked down state, national, and international borders, symbolizing the viral racism and xenophobia that permeates throughout the United States. Also featured in the exhibition are works from Kozloff's earlier series, including Manifest Destiny and American History, that additionally address the violence entangled within the history of our country.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Thu, Jun 24
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Opening Receptions, June 24, 2021, 06/24/2021, (In Person) Uncivil Wars: Art Using Civil War Maps

Opening Reception | (IN-PERSON, indoors) Melting Point: 100 Works by 20 Artists


A group exhibition featuring some of the strongest voices in glass and ceramics today. Nearly 100 works by 20 artists, whose use of the melting point is central to their practice, will be on view June 24- September 5, 2021, at Heller Gallery in New York City and Ferrin Contemporary on the MASS MoCA campus in North Adams.  The artists, both established and emerging, explore the inherent physical qualities of materials that are formed and reformed by melting, as well as express their concern for the environmental melting point our planet seems to be approaching. Melting Point is the degree when solid becomes soft, eventually becoming liquid and a boiling point is reached. Glaze melts, clay and glass softens, surface and form become pliable. Used metaphorically, as the planet warms, we are finding ourselves closer to the melting point both physically and socially. In 2020, forces combined under pressure of the COVID virus, politics exploded, and nature responded with melting ice, raging fires and extreme weather. Likewise, artists use the melting point as a metaphor in their work to express their political beliefs and sound the alarm using the fragile materials of glass and ceramic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, June 24, 2021, 06/24/2021, (IN-PERSON, indoors) Melting Point: 100 Works by 20 Artists

Opening Reception | (IN-PERSON, indoors) Mark Morrisroe: Photographs on the Cusp of AIDS


This exhibition will present a selection of photographic work by Mark Morrisroe (1959-1989) that lushly re-creates the social context of a band of iconoclastic artists at the cusp of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and remembers a figure who lived and documented life at the periphery.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Thu, Jun 24
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Opening Receptions, June 24, 2021, 06/24/2021, (IN-PERSON, indoors) Mark Morrisroe: Photographs on the Cusp of AIDS

Opening Reception | (IN-PERSON, indoors) 71-21: Celebrate Five Decades of Women In the Arts Foundation


Women In the Arts Foundation presents an intergenerational, multidisciplinary exhibition of 46 artists' dynamic visions. This exhibition celebrates 50 years of WIA members, past and present, of art and activism working to overcome discrimination against women artists, and to promote their accomplishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_Thu, Jun 24
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 24, 2021, 06/24/2021, (IN-PERSON, indoors) 71-21: Celebrate Five Decades of Women In the Arts Foundation

Opening Reception | (IN-PERSON, indoors) Marlon Riggs: Interrogating the Politics of Representation


The exhibition will focus on "Tongues Untied," the seminal 1989 film by documentarian, poet, activist, and educator Marlon Riggs (1957–1994). An award-winning videomaker, Riggs dedicated his life and career to interrogating the politics of representation and interlocking systems of oppression in American culture and politics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Thu, Jun 24
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Opening Receptions, June 24, 2021, 06/24/2021, (IN-PERSON, indoors) Marlon Riggs: Interrogating the Politics of Representation

Opening Reception | (IN-PERSON, indoors) Derek Jarman: Confronting AIDS


Derek Jarman will present the iconic film "Blue" (1993) and a selection of late paintings by the British interdisciplinary artist Derek Jarman (1942-1994). Together, these works evidence Jarman's iconoclastic response to his HIV diagnosis in 1986, his confrontation with his own mortality, and the broader sociopolitical climate of the HIV/AIDS crisis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Thu, Jun 24
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Opening Receptions, June 24, 2021, 06/24/2021, (IN-PERSON, indoors) Derek Jarman: Confronting AIDS

Museums | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Historic 1885 Ship and History Exhibition


Wavertree is a historic iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1885, now the largest wrought iron sailing vessel afloat. Guests will visit the open-air portions of the ship. Access to the main deck and quarter deck. Learn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, from the captain to the ship's officers, cooks, and crew. Then visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform and enjoy the view as you look out across New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition, view an outdoor exhibition on the Pier. The series of panels and window graphics will celebrate the people of all backgrounds who lived and worked in this historic district, and the many businesses that created the foundations for New York to thrive and become the business and culture mecca it is today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_Fri, Jun 25
11:00 am

Free
Museumss, June 25, 2021, 06/25/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Historic 1885 Ship and History Exhibition

Museums | (IN-PERSON) Jewish History: Centuries of Art


One of the largest collections of art and Jewish culture in the world, it focuses both on artifacts of Jewish history and on modern and contemporary art. Works in the collection are presented as distinctive creative expressions and as bearers of the stories of those who made, owned, used, preserved, and sometimes transformed them. The exhibition speaks of the vast range of Jewish experiences across the globe and over time, made tangible through artistic expression. It is both a mirror of Jewish identities and an inspiration for the formation of new ones.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Sat, Jun 26
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Museumss, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON) Jewish History: Centuries of Art

Opening Reception | (IN-PERSON, indoors) Transfiguration: Leaving Reality Behind


A group show featuring works in all media from paintings to NFTs While figuration dominates this particular moment in art, our exhibition explores one alluring aspect of figuration: transfiguration, the transformation of faces, bodies and identities. Through transfiguration we will explore the un-real real, and, to paraphrase the notorious internet artist group etoy. Participating artists range in age from their mid-twenties to ninety years old. Artworks in the show date from the 1990s to yesterday. The works include avatars, digital constructs, puppets, paintings, watercolors, sculptures, photographs, videos, and NFTs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Sat, Jun 26
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Opening Receptions, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, indoors) Transfiguration: Leaving Reality Behind

Open Studios | Open Studios (virtual)


With: Monroe Hodder, Organizer ”Three woman artists on color” Barbara Groh Yvette Cohen Amy Metier
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Mon, Jun 28
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Open Studioss, June 28, 2021, 06/28/2021, Open Studios (virtual)

Museums | (IN-PERSON) One of the First Synagogues in the US: Jewish History and Immigration


The Museum is housed in one of the first synagogues erected in the US by Eastern European Jews in 1887. It secured National Historic Landmark designation for the building in 1996 for its architectural beauty, its significance as part of the American immigrant experience, and its revitalization as a vital heritage center for people of all backgrounds. Explore the historic site using a digital self-guided tour (also available in paper version). The museum's docents will be available to answer questions from guests.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Wed, Jun 30
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Museumss, June 30, 2021, 06/30/2021, (IN-PERSON) One of the First Synagogues in the US: Jewish History and Immigration

Opening Reception | FOGseries: Mystical, Dream-Like Photographs


Longtime Greenwich Village resident SuZen will be exhibiting her mystical, dream-like photographs taken along Hudson River Park. They capture an ephemeral translucent atmosphere for the viewer to enter. These ethereal color landscapes are part of SuZen's ongoing theme of light and spirit.  SuZen has devoted her life to fine-art photography, design, travel, peace activism, and creating artist and peace events around NYC. She is celebrating her 50th anniversary living in Greenwich Village’s historical Westbeth Artist Housing.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Thu, Jul 1
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Opening Receptions, July 01, 2021, 07/01/2021, FOGseries: Mystical, Dream-Like Photographs

Museums | Art and Sculpture Museum and Garden


The museum was designed and created in 1985 by one of the twentieth century's most important and critically acclaimed sculptors Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). Through a lifetime of artistic experimentation, he created sculptures, gardens, furniture and lighting designs, ceramics, architecture, and set designs. The museum aims to preserve and display Noguchi's work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Fri, Jul 2
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Museumss, July 02, 2021, 07/02/2021, Art and Sculpture Museum and Garden

Museums | Jewish History: Centuries of Art


One of the largest collections of art and Jewish culture in the world, it focuses both on artifacts of Jewish history and on modern and contemporary art. Works in the collection are presented as distinctive creative expressions and as bearers of the stories of those who made, owned, used, preserved, and sometimes transformed them. The exhibition speaks of the vast range of Jewish experiences across the globe and over time, made tangible through artistic expression. It is both a mirror of Jewish identities and an inspiration for the formation of new ones.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Sat, Jul 3
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Museumss, July 03, 2021, 07/03/2021, Jewish History: Centuries of Art

Museums | Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions


The collection of Tiffany's leaded glass includes an extraordinary array of floral and geometric lamps as well as landscape and figural windows. A unique feature of the collection is a vast, one-of-a-kind archive of original flat glass and pressed-glass "jewels" used by Tiffany Studios, which provides valuable insight into the development of the stained-glass movement in America at the turn of the twentieth century. Established in 1972, this art museum's permanent collection consists of around 10,000 items, over 6,000 of which are documents and objects related to the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs, some of which are on long-term display.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Sat, Jul 10
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Museumss, July 10, 2021, 07/10/2021, Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions

Museums | North American Portraits and Other Exhibitions


Swiss-born Karl Bodmer (1809-1893) was one of the first and most accomplished European artists to document the landscape of the North American interior and its Indigenous peoples. He was hired by the German explorer and naturalist Maximilian, Prince of Wied-Neuwied, to accompany an expedition to the northwestern reaches of the Missouri River in 1833-34. Together they traveled from Saint Louis through the tribal lands of the Omaha, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Blackfoot, among many Plains nations where Bodmer executed watercolor portraits in situ. A meticulous draftsman, Bodmer produced portraits that are notable for their sensitivity of depiction and subtle, refined brushwork. Bodmer's precise observation of his sitters--in facial likeness, body decoration, and regalia--conveys eyewitness testimony to the lives of specific individuals and the complexity of cultural encounters.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Sun, Jul 11
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Museumss, July 11, 2021, 07/11/2021, North American Portraits and Other Exhibitions

Museums | Jewish History: Centuries of Art


One of the largest collections of art and Jewish culture in the world, it focuses both on artifacts of Jewish history and on modern and contemporary art. Works in the collection are presented as distinctive creative expressions and as bearers of the stories of those who made, owned, used, preserved, and sometimes transformed them. The exhibition speaks of the vast range of Jewish experiences across the globe and over time, made tangible through artistic expression. It is both a mirror of Jewish identities and an inspiration for the formation of new ones.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Sat, Jul 24
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Museumss, July 24, 2021, 07/24/2021, Jewish History: Centuries of Art

Museums | Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions


The collection of Tiffany's leaded glass includes an extraordinary array of floral and geometric lamps as well as landscape and figural windows. A unique feature of the collection is a vast, one-of-a-kind archive of original flat glass and pressed-glass "jewels" used by Tiffany Studios, which provides valuable insight into the development of the stained-glass movement in America at the turn of the twentieth century. Established in 1972, this art museum's permanent collection consists of around 10,000 items, over 6,000 of which are documents and objects related to the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs, some of which are on long-term display.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Wed, Jul 28
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Museumss, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions

Museums | Art and Sculpture Museum and Garden


The museum was designed and created in 1985 by one of the twentieth century's most important and critically acclaimed sculptors Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). Through a lifetime of artistic experimentation, he created sculptures, gardens, furniture and lighting designs, ceramics, architecture, and set designs. The museum aims to preserve and display Noguchi's work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Fri, Aug 6
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Museumss, August 06, 2021, 08/06/2021, Art and Sculpture Museum and Garden

Museums | Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions


The collection of Tiffany's leaded glass includes an extraordinary array of floral and geometric lamps as well as landscape and figural windows. A unique feature of the collection is a vast, one-of-a-kind archive of original flat glass and pressed-glass "jewels" used by Tiffany Studios, which provides valuable insight into the development of the stained-glass movement in America at the turn of the twentieth century. Established in 1972, this art museum's permanent collection consists of around 10,000 items, over 6,000 of which are documents and objects related to the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs, some of which are on long-term display.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Thu, Aug 19
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Museumss, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions

Museums | Art and Sculpture Museum and Garden


The museum was designed and created in 1985 by one of the twentieth century's most important and critically acclaimed sculptors Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). Through a lifetime of artistic experimentation, he created sculptures, gardens, furniture and lighting designs, ceramics, architecture, and set designs. The museum aims to preserve and display Noguchi's work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_Fri, Sep 3
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Museumss, September 03, 2021, 09/03/2021, Art and Sculpture Museum and Garden

Museums | Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions


The collection of Tiffany's leaded glass includes an extraordinary array of floral and geometric lamps as well as landscape and figural windows. A unique feature of the collection is a vast, one-of-a-kind archive of original flat glass and pressed-glass "jewels" used by Tiffany Studios, which provides valuable insight into the development of the stained-glass movement in America at the turn of the twentieth century. Established in 1972, this art museum's permanent collection consists of around 10,000 items, over 6,000 of which are documents and objects related to the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs, some of which are on long-term display.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, September 03, 2021, 09/03/2021, Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions
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