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20 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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Spend the evening exploring museums and historical sites which are within walking distance from one another in one of the most diverse and concentrated groups of museums in the world. All for free For visitors of all ages.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Jun 19
4:00 pm

Free
Museumss, June 19, 2018, 06/19/2018, 13 Museums - all for free

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The first solo exhibition with the gallery by German painter Alina Grasmann presents works that investigate notions of paradise, fiction, trickery, and perception. Edge of Eden teeters at the ever-so-fleeting margin between artifice and reality.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 20
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 20, 2018, 06/20/2018, Edge of Eden: Paintings Between Artifice and Reality

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Including the work of Daniel Heidkamp, Nathaniel Mary Quinn and Ginny Casey.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 20
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 20, 2018, 06/20/2018, Cliche: A Group Exhibition

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Marit Wolters's Everything That Is Solid Dissolves Into Air envisions an optimistic image of our society while inviting us to reflect on the transformative potential established by the relational processes stemming from social issues such as migration.   By breaking up standardized methods of processing and assembling materials, the Vienna-based artist Marit Wolters questions the relation we have with the structures that constitute our society. Architecture decisively influences our behavior, our feelings and the way we perceive life. Its structures provide information on social ideas, processes and functional mechanisms. For her solo exhibition, Wolters uses materials that are known from the construction industry: Aerated concrete sculptures and reinforced steel structures are created in a dialectic process of assembly and disassembly, demolding and reformulation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 20
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 20, 2018, 06/20/2018, Everything That Is Solid Dissolves Into Air: A Summer Art Installation

Opening Reception |


Artist Lutz Bacher lives and works in New York. Her work is in the collections of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 20
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 20, 2018, 06/20/2018, The Long March: Works by Lutz Bacher

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Joseph Hilton (b. 1946) was in the landmark exhibition “Bad” Painting at New Museum organized by Marcia Tucker in 1978, which included Neil Jenney and Joan Brown. The gallery will be exhibiting works from that black and white series The Annunciation and Its Aftereffects in addition to The Marriage of Convenience series, which came on the heels of the monochromatic paintings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 20
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 20, 2018, 06/20/2018, Joseph Hilton: Paintings from 1976-1979

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Spanning sites such as Riverside Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Central Park, Naima Green's photographs present quiet, quotidian portraits—nuanced compositions that revel in her subjects' subtle gestures, varied postures, and soft gazes. Documenting a community that is tight-knit yet sprawling in scope, Green's project deeply engages with the historical and social role of photographic portrait, as a tool deployed to communicate, classify, or reinforce particular notions of subjectivity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 20
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 20, 2018, 06/20/2018, A Collective Utterance: Nuanced Photographs of the City's Green Spaces

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A remarkable showcasing of the talent of 19 emerging and established artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 21
5:30 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 21, 2018, 06/21/2018, Global Reflections 2018: Spirit of Community: A Group Show

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A summer showcase of contemporary Mexican artists, celebrating the long history of cultural cross-pollination between neighboring nations. The works repeatedly touch on the themes of memory, dream and narrative.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 21
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 21, 2018, 06/21/2018, Almost Solid Light: New Art From Mexico

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Seed brings together a select group of contemporary artists who explore the complexity and resonance of a long association between the natural world, sexuality and fertility, spirituality and mysticism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 21
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 21, 2018, 06/21/2018, Seed: A Group Exhibition

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As the long, gray months of winter finally melt away, one longs for yellow daffodils, a warm breeze, and the sun’s triumphant return. This summer exhibition seeks to fill this longing by bringing together six different artists whose works all capture the vibrancy of the season. Distinct, dynamic, colorful brushstrokes permeate each piece, but each artist uses different strokes to convey their own personal visual philosophies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 21
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 21, 2018, 06/21/2018, Different Strokes: Capturing the Vibrancy of Summer

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Work in the exhibition includes mixed media collage, sculpture, photography, and painting..
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 21
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 21, 2018, 06/21/2018, The 13th National Juried Exhibition

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Featuring: Megan Plunkett John Miller
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jun 22
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 22, 2018, 06/22/2018, Plus One: A 2-Artist Exhibition

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With: David Altmejd, Robert Arneson, Jonathan Baldock, Genesis Belanger, Elizabeth Catlett, Bonnie Collura, Carl D'Alvia, Raúl de Nieves, Isa Genzken, Ryan Johnson, Sarah Peters, Sally Saul, Caroline Wells Chandler, H.C. Westermann, Chloe Wise
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 27
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 27, 2018, 06/27/2018, Distortion: Summer Art Show

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This Is Not a Prop brings together a multigenerational group of artists whose work explores the liminal space between body and object. The show features artists whose work negotiates the intersection of private and public space, exploring the ways in which objects organize social experience. Both a declaration and rejection of objecthood, This Is Not a Prop proposes a dialogue about identity, authority, and physicality. The exhibition will include work by Jonathas de Andrade, Alex Da Corte, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jonah Groeneboer, Gordon Hall, Hannah Levy, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Paulo Nazareth, Elle Pérez, Oren Pinhassi, Christina Quarles, and Franz West.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 27
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 27, 2018, 06/27/2018, This Is Not a Prop: Works on Identity, Authority and Physicality

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Since their creation last year, The Racial Imaginary Institute has focused on whiteness as a starting point, noting, “Whiteness as a source of unquestioned power, and as a ‘bloc,’ feels itself to be endangered even as it retains its hold on power.” A group exhibition, On Whiteness aims to create a collaborative space to question, mark, and check whiteness, challenging its dominance as it operates through default positions in cultural behavior. Artists include: Josh Begley, Paul Chan, Mel Chin, Ja’Tovia Gary, Ken Gonzales-Day, Kate Greenstreet, Titus Kaphar, Baseera Khan, Charlotte Lagarde, Seung-Min Lee, Glenn Ligon, Mores McWreath, Sandeep Mukherjee, Native Art Department International, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Cindy Sherman, Rodrigo Valenzuela, and Anicka Yi.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 27
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 27, 2018, 06/27/2018, On Whiteness: A Group Show by the Racial Imaginary Institute

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How do photographs express a moment of rapid change in society, politics, beauty, and self-expression? Selected from more than one thousand submissions, The Way We Live Now features eighteen artists and photographers seeking to reckon with the currents and contradictions of life in the twenty-first century. Among the works are powerful chronicles of the crises of opioid addiction and mass incarceration; multilayered portrayals of Latinx, Native American, and queer communities; sweeping accounts of the built environment from Israel to China; and prismatic meditations on African American and diasporic culture, gender, and fashion. Featured Artists : Bubblegum Club / Diego Camposeco / Camila Falcão / Jillian Freyer / Jonathan Gardenhire / Lili Holzer-Glier / Roei Greenberg / Vincent Hung / Luther Konadu / Gowun Lee / Tyler Mitchell / Davide Monteleone / Philip Montgomery / Christian Sanna / Matthew Shain / Abdo Shanan / Shikeith / Maria Sturm  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 27
7:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 27, 2018, 06/27/2018, The Way We Live Now: 18 Artrists and Photographers

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Marie Tomanova: Young American does not directly problematize what it means to be an American today, but celebrates the freedom and identity of the idea of an “America” still rife with dreams and possibilities, hope and freedom. Her images, direct and without artifice, confront us with the power and beauty of people simply being, the young … just being. It is a visualization of an America in which individuality is valued as uniqueness, and not judged as lack of sameness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 28
7:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 28, 2018, 06/28/2018, Marie Tomanova: Young American: Images of Our Nation

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The 2017-2018 AIRspace Program awarded eight visual arts and two curatorial residencies. Audiences are invited to learn more about artistic creative processes through open studios, discussions and work-in-progress showings in ongoing ways. Artists: Christopher Aque, Priyanka Dasgupta, Carl Hazlewood, Trokon Nagbe, Macon Reed, Gabriela Salazar, Patrice Renee Washington, and Chris Watts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jun 30
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, June 30, 2018, 06/30/2018, AIRspace 2018: 8 Fellows Show Their Work

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The competition attracted over 2,000 images from 198 photographers from 29 states. Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography, is the competition's distinguished juror. Geralyn Shulwit from Brooklyn, NY, was selected as the first place winner for her image titled "Vilma e Lourdes."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jul 5
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, July 05, 2018, 07/05/2018, 23rd Annual National Photography Competition: Work by 40 Winners
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