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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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11 Exhibition Openings at New York Art Galleries (NYC) Mon, 05/20/2024 - 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.

        

Opening Reception | Artist Talk: Soil Horizon


On the occasion of Soil Horizon, Teresita Fernández joins award-winning writer Jacqueline Woodson for an intimate conversation about the exhibition and vital themes that appear throughout her practice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 22
5:30 pm

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Opening Receptions, May 22, 2024, 05/22/2024, Artist Talk: Soil Horizon

Opening Reception | Made in Cologne: 15 Artist Working in Ceramic


Fifteen artists working at the ceramics atelier of Niels Dietrich. David Adamo Richard Deacon Cameron Jamie Alicja Kwade Heinz Mack Mike Meiré Mai-Thu Perret Otto Piene Heinz-Günter Prager Norbert Prangenberg Thomas Schütte Rosemarie Trockel Paloma Varga Weisz Rose Wylie Anna Zimmermann
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 22
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, May 22, 2024, 05/22/2024, Made in Cologne: 15 Artist Working in Ceramic

Opening Reception | 2 Art Shows: Fat Canary / View Collection IV


Fat Canary is an independent, pro-artist platform that celebrates contemporary and emerging artists. This alternative space creates exhibition opportunities for contributors of diverse backgrounds, identities, and expressions. Our practice is to leave creative control in the hands of the artist, allowing them the freedom to freely express that which drives, inspires, haunts, and heals them. We are artist owned and operated since 2018 and do not take commission on sales. All inquiries are referred directly to the artists. Minako Ito's View Collection IV is an exhibition of colorful lithographs. Ito is a skilled artist with a delightfully compelling view of life. Her charming lithographs are invitations to share her abundant pleasure in the daily scenes and commonplace objects that make up her real and imaginary life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 23
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, May 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, 2 Art Shows: Fat Canary / View Collection IV

Opening Reception | Welcome Home: Group Show


This exhibition mobilizes art as a radically transformative tool for healing trauma and rehumanizing the 21st century's urban "outcast". Combining photography, poetry, painting, storytelling and performance, directly impacted artists interrogate the intersection of punitive oppression and emancipatory struggles for justice. Welcome Home claims the gallery as a pedestal to display and debate the rampant hostility and acute need for hospitality in the urban environments we collectively construct. What kind of "welcome home" does one encounter when coming home homeless? And which pathways towards a more just urban world are spearheaded by avant-garde grassroots actions? Featuring work by: Alex Anderson (and the Reentry Theater of Harlem) - Gregory Frederick - Bruce Blake - Felix Guzman - Iman LeCaire - André P. - Joshua Lopez
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, May 31
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, May 31, 2024, 05/31/2024, Welcome Home: Group Show

Opening Reception | Harlem is... Healing: Celebrating Art in the Community


Celebrate 10 local artists in a month-long exhibit  featuring Tau Battice's beautiful large-scale portraits of the artist honorees as well as their artwork that reflects the power of art to transform and heal a community.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jun 1
3:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, June 01, 2024, 06/01/2024, Harlem is... Healing: Celebrating Art in the Community

Opening Reception | Through the Bramble: Group Show


An exhibition of paintings and sculptures considering how space, size, and scale influence the perception of our surroundings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 6
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, June 06, 2024, 06/06/2024, Through the Bramble: Group Show

Opening Reception | jaamil olawale kosoko: The (chrysalis) Archives


Multidisciplinary artist jaamil olawale kosoko presents an exhibition incorporating video installation, photographic imagery, sculpture, and performance. The exhibition will incorporate past works including the film Chameleon (A Visual Album), three-channel video and installation Syllabus for Black Love, as well as photo and documentation of past performances. The multi-media installation will include a performance activation titled (chrysalis: activation 1)—a hybrid media performance work that integrates sculpture, moving image, original poetry, and emergent choreographic strategies prompted by the audience. The work examines concepts of metamorphosis, intergenerational knowledge, blood memory, negative space, and the environmental grief that lingers in the aftermath of the living gesture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jun 9
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, June 09, 2024, 06/09/2024, jaamil olawale kosoko: The (chrysalis) Archives

Open Studios | Open Studios


Open Studios offers a glimpse into the creative process and artistic development of artists-in-residence. Members of the public are invited into the studios of 11 multidisciplinary artists to learn about their practices and experience a wide range of artistic works in progress, from theater based work to sculpture, painting, film, photography, and more. Held at the culmination of this nine-months program, guests can engage in conversation with artists in their studios and experience live performances (readings, screenings, workshops and more). Daily event schedule to come!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jun 15
12:00 pm

Free
Open Studioss, June 15, 2024, 06/15/2024, Open Studios

Open Studios | Open Studios


Open Studios offers a glimpse into the creative process and artistic development of artists-in-residence. Members of the public are invited into the studios of 11 multidisciplinary artists to learn about their practices and experience a wide range of artistic works in progress, from theater based work to sculpture, painting, film, photography, and more. Held at the culmination of this nine-months program, guests can engage in conversation with artists in their studios and experience live performances (readings, screenings, workshops and more). Daily event schedule to come!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jun 16
12:00 pm

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Open Studioss, June 16, 2024, 06/16/2024, Open Studios

Museums | Museum Mile Festival


The Museum Mile Festival offers free admission to the following venues: The Metropolitan Museum Neue Galerie New York Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum The Jewish Museum Museum of the City of New York El Museo del Barrio The Africa Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 18
6:00 pm

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Museumss, June 18, 2024, 06/18/2024, Museum Mile Festival

Opening Reception | Kevin Quilles Bonilla: A small patch of sand, yet it holds so much


The show explores themes of colonialism and diaspora. The exhibition will feature photographic installations that invite audiences to consider the role of colonialism in perpetuating states of debility and disablement through cultural extraction, exploitation, and geopolitical instability. As a Puerto Rican artist living between the island and New York, Quiles Bonilla’s works focus specifically on the Puerto Rican diaspora, the long history of colonization, which dates back over 500 years, and the island’s current realities as a U.S. colony. Archival family photographs and materials such as sand, blue FEMA tarps, and beach towels printed with images of life after hurricane disasters, are incorporated into the works and juxtaposed with imagery and rhetoric associated with tourism.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 20
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Kevin Quilles Bonilla: A small patch of sand, yet it holds so much
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