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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, 01/23/2021 - 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.

Museums | Art of Native America: Sculptures, Pattery, Drawings, Regalia (in-person)


This landmark exhibition showcases 116 masterworks representing the achievements of artists from more than fifty cultures across North America. Ranging in date from the second to the early twentieth century, the diverse works have been collected by Charles and Valerie Diker. Long considered to be the most significant holdings of historical Native American art in private hands, the Diker Collection has particular strengths in sculpture from British Columbia and Alaska, California baskets, pottery from southwestern pueblos, Plains drawings and regalia, and rare accessories from the eastern Woodlands.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jan 24
10:00 am

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Museumss, January 24, 2021, 01/24/2021, Art of Native America: Sculptures, Pattery, Drawings, Regalia (in-person)

Museums | Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer (in-person)


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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jan 28
10:00 am

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Museumss, January 28, 2021, 01/28/2021, Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer (in-person)

Museums | Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary (in-person)


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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 29
6:00 pm

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Museumss, January 29, 2021, 01/29/2021, Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary (in-person)

Museums | Outsider on the Inside: Photographs from 1958 to 2008, NYC (in-person)


Bruce Davidson: Outsider on the Inside brings together more than a hundred photographs by legendary Magnum Photos member, Bruce Davidson. Ranging from study prints to rare vintage items, the exhibited works showcase Davidson’s singular ability to chronicle unmediated instances of candor and emotion activated by New York urban space. Throughout his career, Davidson has used his camera to record the stories of communities at the periphery of mainstream society. In the historic Brooklyn Gang (1959), East 100th Street (1970), Subway (1980) and Central Park (1995) photo-essays, the American photographer demonstrates his readiness to shape behind-the-lens relationships with his subjects into unapologetically honest depictions of human nature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jan 30
11:00 am

Free
Museumss, January 30, 2021, 01/30/2021, Outsider on the Inside: Photographs from&nbsp;1958 to 2008, NYC (in-person)

Museums | British Decorative Arts, Design, Sculpture (in-person)


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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jan 31
10:00 am

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Museumss, January 31, 2021, 01/31/2021, British Decorative Arts, Design, Sculpture (in-person)

Museums | Disrupted Timeline of 150 Years of Fashion History (in-person)


The Costume Institute's exhibition About Time: Fashion and Duration (on view Oct 29 - Feb 7) will trace 150 years of fashion, from 1870 to the present, along a disrupted timeline. Employing philosopher Henri Bergson's concept of la duree--the continuity of time--the exhibition will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future. The concept will also be examined through the writings of Virginia Woolf, who will serve as the exhibition's "ghost narrator."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jan 31
10:00 am

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Museumss, January 31, 2021, 01/31/2021, Disrupted Timeline of 150 Years of Fashion History (in-person)

Museums | Folk Art: Diverse and Rich (in-person)


The museum's collection includes more than eight thousand works of art from four centuries and nearly every continent--from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living artists in a variety of mediums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jan 31
11:30 am

Free
Museumss, January 31, 2021, 01/31/2021, Folk Art: Diverse and Rich (in-person)

Museums | Folk Art: Diverse and Rich (in-person)


The museum's collection includes more than eight thousand works of art from four centuries and nearly every continent--from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living artists in a variety of mediums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Feb 5
11:30 am

Free
Museumss, February 05, 2021, 02/05/2021, Folk Art: Diverse and Rich (in-person)

Museums | British Decorative Arts, Design, Sculpture (in-person)


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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 11
10:00 am

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Museumss, February 11, 2021, 02/11/2021, British Decorative Arts, Design, Sculpture (in-person)

Museums | Outsider on the Inside: Photographs from 1958 to 2008, NYC (in-person)


Bruce Davidson: Outsider on the Inside brings together more than a hundred photographs by legendary Magnum Photos member, Bruce Davidson. Ranging from study prints to rare vintage items, the exhibited works showcase Davidson’s singular ability to chronicle unmediated instances of candor and emotion activated by New York urban space. Throughout his career, Davidson has used his camera to record the stories of communities at the periphery of mainstream society. In the historic Brooklyn Gang (1959), East 100th Street (1970), Subway (1980) and Central Park (1995) photo-essays, the American photographer demonstrates his readiness to shape behind-the-lens relationships with his subjects into unapologetically honest depictions of human nature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 18
12:00 pm

Free
Museumss, February 18, 2021, 02/18/2021, Outsider on the Inside: Photographs from&nbsp;1958 to 2008, NYC (in-person)

Museums | Art of Native America: Sculptures, Pattery, Drawings, Regalia (in-person)


This landmark exhibition showcases 116 masterworks representing the achievements of artists from more than fifty cultures across North America. Ranging in date from the second to the early twentieth century, the diverse works have been collected by Charles and Valerie Diker. Long considered to be the most significant holdings of historical Native American art in private hands, the Diker Collection has particular strengths in sculpture from British Columbia and Alaska, California baskets, pottery from southwestern pueblos, Plains drawings and regalia, and rare accessories from the eastern Woodlands.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Feb 22
10:00 am

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Museumss, February 22, 2021, 02/22/2021, Art of Native America: Sculptures, Pattery, Drawings, Regalia (in-person)

Museums | Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer (in-person)


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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 27
10:00 am

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Museumss, February 27, 2021, 02/27/2021, Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer (in-person)

Museums | Folk Art: Diverse and Rich (in-person)


The museum's collection includes more than eight thousand works of art from four centuries and nearly every continent--from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living artists in a variety of mediums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 27
11:30 am

Free
Museumss, February 27, 2021, 02/27/2021, Folk Art: Diverse and Rich (in-person)

Museums | British Decorative Arts, Design, Sculpture (in-person)


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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Mar 15
10:00 am

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Museumss, March 15, 2021, 03/15/2021, British Decorative Arts, Design, Sculpture (in-person)

Museums | Folk Art: Diverse and Rich (in-person)


The museum's collection includes more than eight thousand works of art from four centuries and nearly every continent--from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living artists in a variety of mediums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 17
11:30 am

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Museumss, March 17, 2021, 03/17/2021, Folk Art: Diverse and Rich (in-person)

Museums | Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer (in-person)


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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Mar 29
10:00 am

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Museumss, March 29, 2021, 03/29/2021, Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer (in-person)
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