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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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18 Exhibition Openings at New York Art Galleries (NYC)

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.

Museums | Museum Programs of Art, Performance, and Participation for All


At this monthly event, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment, including dynamic performances and participatory experiences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 7
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Museumss, December 07, 2019, 12/07/2019, Museum Programs of Art, Performance, and Participation for All

Opening Reception | Cleaner: A Video Work of Cinematic Scale


A solo exhibition by Jennifer and Kevin McCoy. A video work of cinematic scale, Cleaner traces the creative awakening of a maintenance worker. Her movements are framed within the routines of manual labor, yet set against the hermetic work environment of the tech economy. The film, shot on location at the headquarters of Kickstarter, while the artists were residents there in 2018, juxtaposes the physicality of traditional labor with the abstraction of technological work through its use of soaring camera movement, precise framing, and choreography inspired by everyday gestures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 7
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Opening Receptions, December 07, 2019, 12/07/2019, Cleaner: A Video Work of Cinematic Scale

Opening Reception | Artist Talk: SurveillAnts


SurveillAnts is an interactive, biological installation that explores the unseen world of ants. Tracing the movements of living harvester ants, the artists reveal emergent patterns and interactions, inviting the audience to contemplate the relationship between individual and collective, and between emergent systems at different scales--from the micro to the macro. The effect is a real-time, augmented reality ant farm, that allows participants to explore the relationships between individual ants and their collective superorganism. The piece aims to provoke the audience's curiosity about non-human life, touching on themes of emergent intelligence, biological algorithms, systemic pattern making, and creation. About the Artists Gal Nissim is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and researcher who bridges art, science, and technology to create interactive work that invites participants to explore the dynamic relationship between nature, culture, and human-made environments. Leslie Ruckman is a Brooklyn-based designer and researcher exploring the impacts of an increasingly technologically mediated society.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 07, 2019, 12/07/2019, Artist Talk: SurveillAnts

Opening Reception | Extra Virgin: Group Show


BFA Degree Show: Isaac Dunne, Susan Flores, Sarah McKendry, Peter Kihoon Park and Szewing Shum
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 11
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Opening Receptions, December 11, 2019, 12/11/2019, Extra Virgin: Group Show

Opening Reception | Evening in America: Road-Trip Paintings


Edie Nadelhaft's new group of road-trip paintings picks up where her last series left off. Evening in America focuses on the visual nuances and psychological ambiguity of twilight. Nadelhaft draws inspiration from artists, writers and filmmakers whose work explores the subtler (and often stranger) corners of the American experience, including David Lynch, Diane Arbus, Donna Tartt, and Walker Evans.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 12
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Evening in America: Road-Trip Paintings

Opening Reception | Exposure: Week 3


With: Marcia Annenberg, Joan Arbeiter, Michael Dantuono, Noreen Dean Dresser, Joanna First, Roni Henning, Nigella Hillgarth, Angela Manno, Francine Perlman, Ann R Shapiro
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 12
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Opening Receptions, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Exposure: Week 3

Opening Reception | Harry Benson: Behind the Scenes


Photojournalist Harry Benson has been a witness to a great many of the major political and social events in modern history. With an uncanny instinct for being in the right place at the right time, his unforgettable photographs have found their way into the national consciousness. In addition to this monumental body of work there is yet another side to Benson’s career: the fashion world. Photographing the industry since the 1960s, Benson covered what has become the golden age of American fashion - Halston, Ralph Lauren, Bill Blass, Geoffrey Beene, and Oscar de la Renta; in addition to the French greats Yves St. Laurent, Madame Grès, Pierre Cardin, and others. This exhibition includes intimate behind-the-scenes photographs of the fashion houses preparing for the runway, the work rooms, the designers at work and at home, as well as the glamorous façade of the models being made up and then in full regalia. We also see the fashion editors and the ladies who lunch who purchase and wear these designs. Benson has documented the enormous effort and collaboration involved in the fashion industry’s most influential players, and he captures the essence of a moment in time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 12
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Opening Receptions, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Harry Benson: Behind the Scenes

Opening Reception | 8th Annual Yorkville Holiday Exhibit


Since 2011, this high quality, all hand-crafted showcase of locally made goods has offered unique holiday gifts with a personal point of view. Come browse ceramics, jewelry, textiles, photography, edibles and more, all presented in a warm, gracious, and serene wood paneled setting. Most of the artists have decades of studio experience, and many teach their craft as well. The opening reception offers complimentary wine and delicious nibbles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Dec 13
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Opening Receptions, December 13, 2019, 12/13/2019, 8th Annual Yorkville Holiday Exhibit

Opening Reception | My Hollywood Mirror: A Three-Person Exhibition


Including work by Yayoi Kusama, Chason Matthams and Rachael Tarravechia. As one sits before a vanity mirror they reflect, create, and transform. The moments spent while sitting in front of the mirror are those detached from the regular or everyday. These are instances where life seemingly becomes separated particles in which one can choose to look at or hide away from. It is reality, but with a distorted reflection, turning and inducing our attention completely to ourselves. Throughout the works within My Hollywood Mirror, are threads of constructed social, cultural and historical identities that beautifully form moments of human connection. What may seem to be a moment of voyeurism can also be recognized as playful. It is partly a recognition of ourselves, as well as the connection to others that these pieces take us to.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 14
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, December 14, 2019, 12/14/2019, My Hollywood Mirror: A Three-Person Exhibition

Opening Reception | Artist Talk: Full Moon


For her first solo show with the gallery, Nicole Cherubini places her large scale signature vessel-like sculptures in conversation with a new series of works cast from modernist chair shells. This striking juxtaposition addresses concepts of purpose, function and labor, while questioning the presence and absence of the viewer. The artist creates a social space of sort, where works stand as both symbol and signifier.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 17
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Opening Receptions, December 17, 2019, 12/17/2019, Artist Talk: Full Moon

Opening Reception | Live Painting Performance and Painting Workshop By Japanese Artists


Enjoy Artworks by Japanese artists' live painting performance and Japanese painting Workshop! Artist "Colorhythm Risa" will show her live painting performance. Also, at the workshop, Nobuyo Sakakibara will show you how to use mineral pigments and metal foils, and you will paint your own images of a starry sky or the universe on small square poetry cards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 19
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Opening Receptions, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Live Painting Performance and Painting Workshop By Japanese Artists

Opening Reception | Exposure: Week 4


With: Jacqueline Barnett, Igor Bogojevic, Rachel Klein, Susan Lerner, Jack Maiorino, Lindsey Milazzo, Bari Mohammed, Wendy Moss, Carol Paik, Srividya Ramachandran
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Exposure: Week 4

Opening Reception | Murder in the Adirondacks: All-Pervasive and Bodiless


A solo exhibition by Madeleine Bialke. At the turn of the century, a man murdered a woman on a secluded lake in the northern wild. Sensationalized, the story swept the nation and became an American tragedy, due to the sublime setting and a rags-to-riches origin story that turned into horror. In these paintings, this murderer is all-pervasive and bodiless. The crime stemmed from actions and decisions committed long ago that have current and future ramifications. These fragile figures navigate an altered landscape, haunted by saturated sunsets and looming pines. Nature, here, is performative, simplified and unbalanced. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Murder in the Adirondacks: All-Pervasive and Bodiless

Open Studios | Photographers Welcome Visitors to Their Studios


Longtime Tribeca-based photographers open up their studios to share their work and experiences documenting the neighborhood. Visit the studios of Donna Ferrato and Marc Kaczmarek to learn about their work and perspectives of Tribeca.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Dec 20
2:00 pm

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Open Studioss, December 20, 2019, 12/20/2019, Photographers Welcome Visitors to Their Studios

Opening Reception | Hanukkah in Mea Shearim (Jerusalem): A Holiday Exhibition


A photography exhibition by Agnieszka Traczewska which portrays Hasidic residents of Mea Shearim, in Jerusalem, during festivities of Hanukkah. Jewish culture has been deeply ingrained within Polish society since the Middle Ages. Hasidism, which began in the 18th-century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, formed the epicenter of the religious, cultural, and social life of Eastern European Jews by the mid-19-century. Tracing this heritage has been the passion of the Polish artist, photographer and filmmaker Traczewska. Her staggeringly beautiful photographic series capture Hasidim travelling to Polish graves of Tzadikim, as well as Hassidic and Orthodox Jewish communities living in the United States and Israel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Dec 22
6:30 pm

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Opening Receptions, December 22, 2019, 12/22/2019, Hanukkah in Mea Shearim (Jerusalem): A Holiday Exhibition

Opening Reception | Souls Grown Diaspora: Leading Contemporary African-American Artists


An exhibition that explores a generation of leading contemporary visionary African-American artists from the wider United States, and situates their work into an art-historical lineage shaped by the Great Migration. The exhibition traces the migration: the movement spanning 1916 to 1970 in which six million African-Americans left the rural South for urban centers such as New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Oakland. Souls Grown Diaspora follows a new wave of artists, mostly self-taught, whose works address a range of revelatory social and political subjects.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 10
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Opening Receptions, January 10, 2020, 01/10/2020, Souls Grown Diaspora: Leading Contemporary African-American Artists

Opening Reception | Believing You: An Interdisciplinary Exhibition


An interdisciplinary exhibition that features an all-women and non-binary roster of artists, most of whom are also MFA Fine Arts alumni.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 17
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Opening Receptions, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Believing You: An Interdisciplinary Exhibition

Opening Reception | Katie Yamasaki, Muralist


A solo show of the mural work of MFA Illustration as Visual Essay alumnus Katie Yamasaki, completed over the past 15 years.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jan 21
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Opening Receptions, January 21, 2020, 01/21/2020, Katie Yamasaki, Muralist
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