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19 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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For four decades, Maren Hassinger has worked in sculpture, installation, film/video, performance, and public art.  Carefully selecting medium and materials for their own innate language and abilities, she has explored the space of movement, change, family, love, nature, environment, consumerism, identity and race. As One will focus on her recent projects surrounding issues of equality. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 26
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 26, 2018, 04/26/2018, As One: Sculpture, Installation and More by Maren Hassinger
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Anthony Horth, world recognized fashion and landscape photographer, spectacularly documents one of the most remote and scared regions of his native land. Horth has enjoyed an illustrious career spanning 35 years in the US and abroad. While he made his mark predominantly in the fashion scene for iconic brands such as Tiffany’s, Armani, Versace and titles including American Vogue and Mademoiselle, he has more recently turned his attention to landscapes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 26
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 26, 2018, 04/26/2018, Mother Earth Kimberley – Australia by world recognized photographer Anthony Horth
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Unfolding across all three floors of the location, A Luta Continua is the first United States presentation of the Sylvio Perlstein Collection. Over the course of more than five decades, Perlstein has assembled an intensely personal collection rooted in a passion for the work of groundbreaking artists; a commitment to self-education; and an affinity for a wide range of mediums. Remarkably diverse, the collection traces the course of twentieth-century art, from Dada and Surrealism to Abstraction, Land Art, Conceptual Art, Minimal Art, Pop Art, Op Art, Arte Povera, Nouveau Réalisme, and Contemporary Art. But above all, ‘A Luta Continua’ testifies to the power of connoisseurship and to collecting as a talent – an art in itself – that must be honed through sustained, sometimes courageous, and often joyful personal effort.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 26
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 26, 2018, 04/26/2018, A Luta Continua: The Sylvio Perlstein Collection
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Concentrating on the explosive nature of Berkenblit’s line, the film features familiar motifs from her paintings and drawings: a long-nosed female, a tiger, a stiletto. Also interlaced throughout the film are photographs of Berkenblit’s family and images taken by her father, who was an amateur photographer and chemist. The result is a film that combines Berkenblit’s life with her work, an intimate look at what drives the artist’s practice. Organized by Brett Littman, Executive Director.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 26
6:00 pm

$5
Opening Receptions, April 26, 2018, 04/26/2018, Lines Roar : A Film by Artist Ellen Berkenblit
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An exhibition of bronze sculptures by New York-based artist Sarah Peters. This is the gallery’s second solo show of Peters’ work, which expands upon her exploration of formal sculptural languages and themes ranging from power and authority to psychology, gender, and humanity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Apr 27
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 27, 2018, 04/27/2018, Figureheads: Sculpture by Sarah Peters
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Visit Upper East Side galleries and attend events led by industry experts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Apr 28
10:00 am

Free
Opening Receptions, April 28, 2018, 04/28/2018, Upper East Gallery Walk
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The Masaryk Phenomenon The special exhibit focuses on the unique personality of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the founding father and first President of Czechoslovakia. The project depicts his many roles as professor of philosophy, sociologist, writer, politician, journalist, visionary, democrat, father, and husband. A combination of display panels and projections portrays Masaryk’s worldly inspiration and broad influence as well as his critical thinking and courage to oppose the majority while defending justice and human values.  Milan Rastislav Štefánik – the Great Slovak and European Diplomat Milan Rastislav Štefánik was a Slovak politician, diplomat and astronomer. During World War I, he served at the same time as a general in the French Army and as Minister of War for Czechoslovakia. As one of the leading members of the Czechoslovak National Council (the resistance government), he contributed decisively to the cause of Czechoslovakian sovereignty, since the status of Czech- and Slovak-populated territories was one of those in question until shortly before the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in 1918.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Apr 28
3:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 28, 2018, 04/28/2018, 2 Exhibitions on Czech History
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New work by multimedia artist Cristina Biaggi includes collages, sculptures and paintings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Apr 28
3:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 28, 2018, 04/28/2018, Mobilizing for Action: Recent Political Collages
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Marlene Dumas’s first solo exhibition in New York since 2010 will feature new paintings that range from monumental nude figures to intimately scaled portraits. The artist will also debut an expansive series of works on paper originally created for a recent Dutch translation by Hafid Bouazza of William Shakespeare’s narrative poem "Venus and Adonis."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Apr 28
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 28, 2018, 04/28/2018, Myths & Mortals: Paintings by Marlene Dumas
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The exhibition features pieces from Piangiamore's 'Ieri Ikebana,' 'La cera di Roma,' 'Belvedere,' and 'Primavera Piangiamore' series, as well as a new site-specific work from the artist's 'Tutto il vento che c'è' (All The Wind That Blows) open-ended project. These works are symbolic of his practice, always maintaining an intimate and poetic dimension that often leaves the state of the final form to chance. Schedule: 5:30pm: Presentation of Piangiamore's monography, published by Nero 6-8pm: Official opening of the exhibition The artist will be present.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 1
5:30 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Marango: Works by Sicilian Artist Alessandro Piangiamore
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Featuring: F. Emmanuel Bastien Norman Borden Sandra Carrion and Lois Youmans Neil O. Lawner Joan Lemler Alain Licari Alejandro Perez Marcia Soloff
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 1
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, An Other Cuba: Nine Photographic Artists
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A selection of the artist’s work never before been publicly shown. The exhibition is the first significant presentation to revisit Posen’s breakthrough shaped canvases and related paintings since his debut at New York’s SoHo gallery O.K. Harris, nearly five decades ago.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, May 1
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Threads: Paintings from the 1960s and '70s: Works by Stephen Posen
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Colen pursues an art deeply rooted in the history of painting. Having engaged in long periods of material experimentation, employing substances from chewing gum, flowers, dirt, and grass, to confetti, and tar and feathers, he has gradually deconstructed the essence of the brushstroke and the gestural mark of the artist’s hand. Colen's work is held in various public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 2
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, May 02, 2018, 05/02/2018, Mailorder Mother Purgatory: paintings and sculpture by Dan Colen
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Zavaglia has developed a technique which has been described as "Modern Pointillism," that allows her to blend colors and establish tonalities that truly resemble the techniques used in classical oil painting. The direction in which the threads are sewn mimic the way brush marks are layered within a painting which, in turn, gives the allusion of depth, volume, and form. Her stitching methodology borders on the obsessive.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 2
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, May 02, 2018, 05/02/2018, Southerly: Embroidered Works by Cayce Zavaglia
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The first solo exhibition in New York City featuring the work of Cleveland, Ohio-based artist Michelangelo Lovelace, spanning from 1994 to the present. The exhibition is comprised of a lifetime’s work depicting the inner city of Cleveland. Lovelace’s main concern is to portray the many goings-on that Cleveland’s lively inner city is composed of, a subject close to Lovelace’s heart but also one from which he cannot escape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 3
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, May 03, 2018, 05/03/2018, The Land: Paintings by Michaelangelo Lovelace
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The exhibition explores the aims and failures of architecture to form ideal communities and futures. It addresses how built space speaks to human need and desire for a better life, individually and collectively. Featuring the work of artists Tanya Goel, Yamini Nayar, Laercio Redondo, and Lucia Simek, this exhibition draws from unique experiences, source material, and geographies in order to present an intimate perspective on the subject matter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, May 4
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, May 04, 2018, 05/04/2018, Aspirational Architectures: charcoal, aluminum, concrete, glass, graphite
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Eugenio Dittborn invented the format of Airmail Paintings in 1984. An innovative form of expressive support, the Airmail Paintings consist of large sections of pliable materials, which are then folded, inserted into specially designed envelopes, and mailed to an international place of exhibition. When received, they are unfolded and pinned loosely to the wall, the creases of their travel carefully preserved. The envelopes in which they arrived are hung alongside the works, bearing the stamps and traces of the journey they undertook.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, May 5
11:00 am

Free
Opening Receptions, May 05, 2018, 05/05/2018, Pinturas Aeropostales Recientes: Paintings by Eugenio Dittborn
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Includes a reception, a program presentation, a video screening and a site-specific performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, May 23
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, May 23, 2018, 05/23/2018, IDACO nyc - Italian DAnce COnnection
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Bright white LED lights that never go out. Sidewalk fencing painted an all-too-natural shade of “hunter green.” The soul and feelings of a worker plotted in geometric patterns of color. An escape hatch with no exit. This exhibition presents a diverse range of critical strategies that render the infrastructure, media, and iconography of authority in the lived everyday. Through architectural intervention, sculpture, performance, and the moving image, the works displayed explore how control becomes an environmental condition, how “Omnipresence”—the name of New York City’s new strategy for a heightened saturation of police presence—calls for hyper-vigilance. In Kafka’s words, “there are only control agencies.” The exhibition features works by Peggy Ahwesh, Ei Arakawa and Miho Hatori, Ericka Beckman, KP Brehmer, Olga Chernysheva, Selina Grüter and Michèle Graf, Jason Hirata, Ho Rui An, Alan Ruiz, Carey Young, Jessica Vaughn, and Constantina Zavitsanos.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 24
5:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, May 24, 2018, 05/24/2018, Ominipresence: Group Exhibition
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