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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) Sat, 11/27/2021 - 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.

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Museums | British Decorative Arts, Design, Sculpture


Almost seven hundred works of art: British decorative arts, design, and sculpture created between 1500 and 1900. The exhibition provides a fresh perspective on the period, focusing on its bold, entrepreneurial spirit and complex history. You will find a 17th century staircase with exquisite naturalistic carvings; three magnificent historic interiors from Kirtlington Park, Croome Court, and Lansdowne House; one hundred English teapots; an array of enameled candlesticks, silver toys, necessaires, gold boxes and more. Proof of vaccination, ID, masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Nov 27
10:00 am

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Museumss, November 27, 2021, 11/27/2021, British Decorative Arts, Design, Sculpture

Museums | Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer


Dutch paintings of the 17th century: the Golden Age of Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer. Through sixty-seven works of art organized thematically, In Praise of Painting orients visitors to key issues in 17th century Dutch culture--from debates about religion and conspicuous consumption to painters' fascination with the domestic lives of women. The presentation also provides the opportunity to conserve and display rarely exhibited paintings, including Margareta Haverman's A Vase of Flowers--one of only two known paintings by the artist. The exhibition takes its title from one of the period's major works of art theory, Philips Angel's The Praise of Painting (1642), a pioneering defense of realism in art. Proof of vaccination, ID, masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Nov 27
10:00 am

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Museumss, November 27, 2021, 11/27/2021, Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer

Museums | In-Person Museum Tour


The Museum at Eldridge Street is proud to present highlights from the remarkable Aharon Ben Zalman Collection of menorahs. This expansive collection features menorahs from around the globe and over five centuries of Hanukkah celebrations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Nov 28
10:00 am

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Museumss, November 28, 2021, 11/28/2021, In-Person Museum Tour

Museums | Historic 1885 Ship and Outdoor Exhibition


Visit this 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, enjoy an outdoor exhibition at the pier.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Nov 28
11:00 am

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Museumss, November 28, 2021, 11/28/2021, Historic 1885 Ship and Outdoor Exhibition

Museums | Egyptian and Medieval Art, Renaissance Paintings, Rare Manuscripts and More


Founded in 1906, the museum and library was built in an Italian Renaissance-style and reflects America's Age of Elegance. In its collection, there is Egyptian art, Renaissance paintings, Chinese porcelains, ancient seals and tablets, medieval art objects as well as literary and historical manuscripts, early printed books, old master drawings, photographs.    Proof of at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine approved by the FDA or the WHO, valid ID, masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Dec 3
2:00 pm

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Museumss, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Egyptian and Medieval Art, Renaissance Paintings, Rare Manuscripts and More

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. Proof of vaccination required. Admission each Sat is free.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 4
11:00 am

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Museumss, December 04, 2021, 12/04/2021, Jewish History: Centuries of Art

Opening Reception | The Great Ruins of Saturn: Shadow Puppetry


Artist Alvaro Urbano speculates upon an unknown future. Through the technique of shadow puppetry, Urbano presents a film and an installation that playfully and satirically resurface stories from the Tent of Tomorrow and its politically and socially charged past. Urbano’s work situates the neglected pavilion in a theater occupied by a cast of inanimate characters, bringing them to life in order to question both obsolete and contemporary notions of growth and development.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 4
5:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, December 04, 2021, 12/04/2021, The Great Ruins of Saturn: Shadow Puppetry

Museums | European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More


This museum of fine art was open to the public in 1935. Its permanent collection features masterpieces by major European artists from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Exhibitions also include sculptures, furniture, porcelain items, textiles and more. Proof of vaccination and masks are required. Children under 10 are not admitted.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 9
4:00 pm

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Museumss, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More

Museums | Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary


Discover art that traverses Asia's diverse cultures, regions, and narratives. The Museum's special exhibitions celebrate art forms that range from ancient to contemporary, including photography and multimedia, while its permanent collection galleries are focused primarily on art from the Himalayan region. Proof of vaccination, ID, masks required. Admission is free every Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. (reservations open two weeks in advance).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Dec 10
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Museumss, December 10, 2021, 12/10/2021, Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary

Opening Reception | Art/Work: Group Show


A major exhibition highlighting the history and significance of the federal Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) jobs program (1973-1981). CETA employed 10,000 artists (over 600 in New York City alone), and an additional 10,000 cultural support staff across the nation. This represented a scale of artist support not seen since the Works Progress Administration of the 1930s. Yet CETA has been virtually forgotten.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Dec 10
7:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, December 10, 2021, 12/10/2021, Art/Work: Group Show

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. Proof of vaccination, ID, masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 16
12:00 pm

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Museumss, December 16, 2021, 12/16/2021, Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions

Museums | Egyptian and Medieval Art, Renaissance Paintings, Rare Manuscripts and More


Founded in 1906, the museum and library was built in an Italian Renaissance-style and reflects America's Age of Elegance. In its collection, there is Egyptian art, Renaissance paintings, Chinese porcelains, ancient seals and tablets, medieval art objects as well as literary and historical manuscripts, early printed books, old master drawings, photographs.    Proof of at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine approved by the FDA or the WHO, valid ID, masks are required.
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Fri, Dec 17
2:00 pm

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Museumss, December 17, 2021, 12/17/2021, Egyptian and Medieval Art, Renaissance Paintings, Rare Manuscripts and More

Museums | British Decorative Arts, Design, Sculpture


Almost seven hundred works of art: British decorative arts, design, and sculpture created between 1500 and 1900. The exhibition provides a fresh perspective on the period, focusing on its bold, entrepreneurial spirit and complex history. You will find a 17th century staircase with exquisite naturalistic carvings; three magnificent historic interiors from Kirtlington Park, Croome Court, and Lansdowne House; one hundred English teapots; an array of enameled candlesticks, silver toys, necessaires, gold boxes and more. Proof of vaccination, ID, masks are required.
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Thu, Dec 23
10:00 am

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Museumss, December 23, 2021, 12/23/2021, British Decorative Arts, Design, Sculpture

Museums | European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More


This museum of fine art was open to the public in 1935. Its permanent collection features masterpieces by major European artists from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Exhibitions also include sculptures, furniture, porcelain items, textiles and more. Proof of vaccination and masks are required. Children under 10 are not admitted.
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Thu, Dec 23
4:00 pm

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Museumss, December 23, 2021, 12/23/2021, European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More

Museums | Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary


Discover art that traverses Asia's diverse cultures, regions, and narratives. The Museum's special exhibitions celebrate art forms that range from ancient to contemporary, including photography and multimedia, while its permanent collection galleries are focused primarily on art from the Himalayan region. Proof of vaccination, ID, masks required. Admission is free every Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. (reservations open two weeks in advance).
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Fri, Dec 24
6:00 pm

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Museumss, December 24, 2021, 12/24/2021, Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary

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. Proof of vaccination required. Admission each Sat is free.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 25
11:00 am

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Museumss, December 25, 2021, 12/25/2021, 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. Proof of vaccination, ID, masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Dec 26
11:00 am

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Museumss, December 26, 2021, 12/26/2021, Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions

Museums | Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer


Dutch paintings of the 17th century: the Golden Age of Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer. Through sixty-seven works of art organized thematically, In Praise of Painting orients visitors to key issues in 17th century Dutch culture--from debates about religion and conspicuous consumption to painters' fascination with the domestic lives of women. The presentation also provides the opportunity to conserve and display rarely exhibited paintings, including Margareta Haverman's A Vase of Flowers--one of only two known paintings by the artist. The exhibition takes its title from one of the period's major works of art theory, Philips Angel's The Praise of Painting (1642), a pioneering defense of realism in art. Proof of vaccination, ID, masks are required.
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Tue, Dec 28
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Museumss, December 28, 2021, 12/28/2021, Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer

Museums | Egyptian and Medieval Art, Renaissance Paintings, Rare Manuscripts and More


Founded in 1906, the museum and library was built in an Italian Renaissance-style and reflects America's Age of Elegance. In its collection, there is Egyptian art, Renaissance paintings, Chinese porcelains, ancient seals and tablets, medieval art objects as well as literary and historical manuscripts, early printed books, old master drawings, photographs.    Proof of at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine approved by the FDA or the WHO, valid ID, masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Dec 31
2:00 pm

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Museumss, December 31, 2021, 12/31/2021, Egyptian and Medieval Art, Renaissance Paintings, Rare Manuscripts and More
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