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11 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.

Opening Reception |
At a time of uncertainty such as now, what are the ways artists can employ their craft to express their concerns? What is on your mind at this time? With a world filled with conflict, war, poverty, climate change and xenophobia, how does this generation cope with these conditions at large? Some artists rely on traditional genres that they update to incorporate generational additions, while others seek novel means of expression to organize their mindsets. This exhibition brings together a group of diverse artists whose work reflects such concerns. The group has participants from the United States, Macau, Mexico, Japan, Mainland China and Saudi Arabia. Using diverse materials such as painting, an installation employing carpets and toy soldiers, ceramics, cardboard boxes and ready-made popular culture objects, this group of young artists invests their thoughts in ways that describe individual identity while at the same time engage with the cultural world at large. Artists in the exhibition include Wai Man Chan, Dakin Platt, Edgar Alan Rodriguez Castillo, Alizé Santana, Masamitsu Shigeta and Li Zeng (pictured).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 20
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 20, 2017, 09/20/2017, Mind Sets: Student Artists
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This exhibiton showcases 19 cartography-based works addressing a recurring question in the art and design zeitgeist. Using cartographic concepts, contributing artists and information designers will consider the place on the map where information visualization is an artistic endeavor, and where artworks convey information. The exhibition features three commissioned pieces by Christine Gedeon, Ekene Ijeoma, and Doug McCune, based on census information about immigrants in the city, as well as a range of existing artworks in multiple media forms.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 21
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 21, 2017, 09/21/2017, You Are Here – NYC: Art, Information, and Mapping: 19 Cartography-Based Works
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Po Kim was among the first generation of Korean artists who immigrated to the United States in the 1950s. Instead of committing to any one school, Kim continuously explored various styles and forms, from Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s, to a hyper-realistic idiom in the 1970s, to figurative and allegorical works in the 1990s and 2000s. Po Kim’s diverse body of work oscillates between an expressive release of trauma and a yearning for an Arcadian escape, echoing a trajectory of extraordinary events throughout his life. As the first exhibition in our Master Series, Po Kim: In Search of Arcadia presents a selection of works from Kim’s early period in New York within the context of drawings and large-scale paintings from his subsequent stylistic transformations, revealing a progressive journey towards the idyllic safe haven he created in his art and in New York. Kim’s works have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the U.S., Europe, and Korea and are held in important public collections including The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Chicago Art Institute, National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea, and the Seoul Art Center.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 21
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 21, 2017, 09/21/2017, In Search of Arcadia: Paintings by Po Kim
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Condition of Illusion is Peter Gidal’s first solo exhibition (British b. 1946). An important theorist, writer and filmmaker since the late 1960s, Gidal’s work has been shown around the world including cinematic retrospectives at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 1983, Paris’ Centre Pompidou in 1996 and 2015, as well as at Docpoint, Helsinki and at the Cinematek, Brussels in 2016. New York-based British artist Patricia L. Boyd will exhibit Operator (2017), a single-channel video from which the title of the exhibition is taken. The video was produced through a moving image commission from EMPAC / Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Sep 22
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 22, 2017, 09/22/2017, 2 Art Shows: Peter Gidal / Patricia L. Boyd
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MFA Social Documentary Film presents its Seventh Annual Thesis Showcase. This screening series is a preview of documentary shorts and features-in-progress by the program's class of 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Sep 23
9:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 23, 2017, 09/23/2017, MFA Social Documentary Film Seventh Annual Thesis Showcase
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In the 1980s, when the world was reverberating from the shockwaves sent by AIDS, Brazilian artist José Leonilson (1957–1993) adapted the political discourse of the epidemic into a metaphysical rumination. His work offers a pantheon of symbols, poetics, and patterns, charting in personal terms the odyssey of a disease, which simultaneously sparked fear, confusion, and panic.  José Leonilson: Empty Man, the first solo exhibition in the United States of one of Brazil’s leading figures of contemporary art. Leonilson’s mythical universe constructs an existential narrative around his own predicament, and this timeless intimacy doubly resonates in the context of a disease characterized so often by losses.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 26
7:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 26, 2017, 09/26/2017, José Leonilson: Empty Man: Works by a Leading Brazilian Artist
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One Shot Two Summers is a series of nearly 60 paintings by Jordan Walczak. Completed over the summers of 2014 and 2015, the varied content depicted in this playful selection ranges from iconic cartoon character to stylized typography. The works’ bold color scheme, punchy phrasing, tight lines and honest imagery leap forward from the consistent gradients and textures of the flat spraypaint backgrounds.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 26
7:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, September 26, 2017, 09/26/2017, One Shot Two Summers: Paintings by Jordan Walczak
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This show will feature the winning entries from the 13th Annual National Alternative Processes Competition, images by artists of the Penumbra Foundation, a SPG artists' group show, and a solo show of Sara Silks' work titled Studies of Women, which focuses on the inner conflicts of young women as they journey to adulthood, all printed with various alternative processes.   The images submitted for this competition utilized a wide range of alternative methods, including, albumen, cyanotype, Van Dyke brown, platinum/palladium, photogravure, salt print, tintype, and wet-plate collodion, among others.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 3
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, October 03, 2017, 10/03/2017, 13th Annual National Alternative Processes Competition
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The school will honor acclaimed illustrator, artist and author Christoph Niemann with the 29th annual Masters Series Award and Exhibition. The Masters Series: Christoph Niemann will showcase the designer’s unique sensibility and tireless inventiveness, featuring the illustrations, magazine covers, animations and digital works that have built his reputation as one of the most renowned creative talents in the field today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 3
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, October 03, 2017, 10/03/2017, The Masters Series: Christoph Niemann: An Exhibit Honoring the Accalimed Illustratior and Artist
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Walter Asmus directed Waiting for Godot and worked with Samuel Beckett in Berlin in the 1970s, author Edna O’Brien and  publisher John Calder made up his circle in London, and actor Lisa Dwan gave life to Not I as never before. These are some of the luminaries who made up a world of Beckett, both during his life, and after his passing.  Photographer John Minihan captures their essence in black and white portraiture, including his iconic images of Beckett himself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 10
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, October 10, 2017, 10/10/2017, Beckett and His World: iconic portraits of Samuel Beckett and the artists he inspired
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Geostories is a manifesto, developed by the design-research practice Design Earth, on the environmental imagination presented in architectural projects that engage the planetary scale with a commitment to the drawing as medium. This exhibition will present four subject-specific projects – After Oil, Of Oil and Ice, Pacific Aquarium and Trash Peaks – in the form of large scale drawings printed on canvas and mounted on wood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 17
6:30 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, October 17, 2017, 10/17/2017, Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment
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