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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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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 | (IN-PERSON) North American Portraits and Other Exhibitions


Swiss-born Karl Bodmer (1809–1893) was one of the first and most accomplished European artists to document the landscape of the North American interior and its Indigenous peoples. He was hired by the German explorer and naturalist Maximilian, Prince of Wied-Neuwied, to accompany an expedition to the northwestern reaches of the Missouri River in 1833–34. Together they traveled from Saint Louis through the tribal lands of the Omaha, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Blackfoot, among many Plains nations where Bodmer executed watercolor portraits in situ. A meticulous draftsman, Bodmer produced portraits that are notable for their sensitivity of depiction and subtle, refined brushwork. Bodmer’s precise observation of his sitters—in facial likeness, body decoration, and regalia—conveys eyewitness testimony to the lives of specific individuals and the complexity of cultural encounters. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 15
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Museumss, April 15, 2021, 04/15/2021, (IN-PERSON) North American Portraits and Other Exhibitions

Museums | (IN-PERSON) 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 15
11:00 am

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Museumss, April 15, 2021, 04/15/2021, (IN-PERSON) Jewish History: Centuries of Art

Museums | (IN-PERSON) 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Apr 16
6:00 pm

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Museumss, April 16, 2021, 04/16/2021, (IN-PERSON) Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary

Opening Reception | (IN-PERSON) May the Love be with You: Street Art Prints Inspired by Love and Star Wars


The street artist known as "Hektad" personally exhibits his newest limited edition of prints which reflect his love for urban city landscapes with brilliant text. Meditate on this "May the Love be with You." Let this idea take shape and rise and transcend into bright colors usage that emits the energies to love that pronounced and articulates the resistance of the dark side. By popular demand, Hektad brings back his limited edition painted Clone Trooper Helmets and Stormtrooper sparked by his love of Star Wars and the application of one of the Jedi lesson: "turn our energies to love". Hektad distinctively transformed the layers of spray paint with concise splatters and color combination while working within this unique shape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Apr 16
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 16, 2021, 04/16/2021, (IN-PERSON) May the Love be with You: Street Art Prints Inspired by Love and Star Wars

Museums | (IN-PERSON) New York City and American History


Founded in 1804, this American history museum holds an extensive collection of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of New York and the United States. It presents exhibitions on a variety of topics and periods in American history, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Slavery in New York, The Hudson River School, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Apr 16
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Museumss, April 16, 2021, 04/16/2021, (IN-PERSON) New York City and American History

Opening Reception | (IN-PERSON) Large-Scale Abstract Paintings


Keltie Ferris' FEEEEELING features a dozen large-scale paintings and a site-responsive wall drawing. Over the past fifteen years, Ferris has developed his exuberant and complex approach to abstract painting using a variety of methods including spray gun, dry pigment and hand-painted fields. The new paintings in FEEEEELING belong to a few distinct stylistic groups, each an evolution from Ferris's previous work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Apr 17
1:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 17, 2021, 04/17/2021, (IN-PERSON) Large-Scale Abstract Paintings

Opening Reception | (IN-PERSON) Costumes and Uniforms by Acclaimed Photographer


Photographer Michal Chelbin presents "How to Dance the Waltz." Fascinated by costumes and uniforms, over the course of five years Chelbin photographed young matadors training at schools in Seville, Spain; cadets at a military academy in Ukraine; and high school students on the eve of prom in Kiev (the capital of Ukraine). The artist looks at puberty and gender as a performance that involves keen attention to costumery. Her photographs address the ways in which societal expectations of gender, especially in regard to clothing and uniform, inform a young person's development and identity. Chelbin's work can be found at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Jewish Museum, NYC; Tel Aviv Museum; SFMOMA, San Francisco; and many more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Apr 17
2:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, April 17, 2021, 04/17/2021, (IN-PERSON) Costumes and Uniforms by Acclaimed Photographer

Museums | (IN-PERSON) 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Apr 19
10:00 am

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Museumss, April 19, 2021, 04/19/2021, (IN-PERSON) British Decorative Arts, Design, Sculpture

Museums | (IN-PERSON) 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Apr 23
11:00 am

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Museumss, April 23, 2021, 04/23/2021, (IN-PERSON) Jewish History: Centuries of Art

Museums | (IN-PERSON) New York City and American History


Founded in 1804, this American history museum holds an extensive collection of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of New York and the United States. It presents exhibitions on a variety of topics and periods in American history, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Slavery in New York, The Hudson River School, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Apr 23
6:00 pm

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Museumss, April 23, 2021, 04/23/2021, (IN-PERSON) New York City and American History

Museums | (IN-PERSON) Folk Art: Diverse and Rich


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, Apr 24
11:30 am

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Museumss, April 24, 2021, 04/24/2021, (IN-PERSON) Folk Art: Diverse and Rich

Museums | (IN-PERSON) 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Apr 25
10:00 am

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Museumss, April 25, 2021, 04/25/2021, (IN-PERSON) Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer

Museums | (IN-PERSON) 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 29
11:00 am

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Museumss, April 29, 2021, 04/29/2021, (IN-PERSON) Jewish History: Centuries of Art

Museums | (IN-PERSON) 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Apr 30
12:00 pm

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Museumss, April 30, 2021, 04/30/2021, (IN-PERSON) Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions

Museums | (IN-PERSON) North American Portraits and Other Exhibitions


Swiss-born Karl Bodmer (1809–1893) was one of the first and most accomplished European artists to document the landscape of the North American interior and its Indigenous peoples. He was hired by the German explorer and naturalist Maximilian, Prince of Wied-Neuwied, to accompany an expedition to the northwestern reaches of the Missouri River in 1833–34. Together they traveled from Saint Louis through the tribal lands of the Omaha, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Blackfoot, among many Plains nations where Bodmer executed watercolor portraits in situ. A meticulous draftsman, Bodmer produced portraits that are notable for their sensitivity of depiction and subtle, refined brushwork. Bodmer’s precise observation of his sitters—in facial likeness, body decoration, and regalia—conveys eyewitness testimony to the lives of specific individuals and the complexity of cultural encounters.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, May 1
10:00 am

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Museumss, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, (IN-PERSON) North American Portraits and Other Exhibitions

Museums | (IN-PERSON) 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.
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Thu, May 13
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Museumss, May 13, 2021, 05/13/2021, (IN-PERSON) British Decorative Arts, Design, Sculpture

Museums | (IN-PERSON) 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.
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Thu, May 20
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Museumss, May 20, 2021, 05/20/2021, (IN-PERSON) Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer

Museums | (IN-PERSON) North American Portraits and Other Exhibitions


Swiss-born Karl Bodmer (1809–1893) was one of the first and most accomplished European artists to document the landscape of the North American interior and its Indigenous peoples. He was hired by the German explorer and naturalist Maximilian, Prince of Wied-Neuwied, to accompany an expedition to the northwestern reaches of the Missouri River in 1833–34. Together they traveled from Saint Louis through the tribal lands of the Omaha, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Blackfoot, among many Plains nations where Bodmer executed watercolor portraits in situ. A meticulous draftsman, Bodmer produced portraits that are notable for their sensitivity of depiction and subtle, refined brushwork. Bodmer’s precise observation of his sitters—in facial likeness, body decoration, and regalia—conveys eyewitness testimony to the lives of specific individuals and the complexity of cultural encounters.
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Mon, May 24
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Museumss, May 24, 2021, 05/24/2021, (IN-PERSON) North American Portraits and Other Exhibitions

Museums | (IN-PERSON) 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.
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Sat, Jun 12
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Museumss, June 12, 2021, 06/12/2021, (IN-PERSON) Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer

Museums | (IN-PERSON) North American Portraits and Other Exhibitions


Swiss-born Karl Bodmer (1809–1893) was one of the first and most accomplished European artists to document the landscape of the North American interior and its Indigenous peoples. He was hired by the German explorer and naturalist Maximilian, Prince of Wied-Neuwied, to accompany an expedition to the northwestern reaches of the Missouri River in 1833–34. Together they traveled from Saint Louis through the tribal lands of the Omaha, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Blackfoot, among many Plains nations where Bodmer executed watercolor portraits in situ. A meticulous draftsman, Bodmer produced portraits that are notable for their sensitivity of depiction and subtle, refined brushwork. Bodmer’s precise observation of his sitters—in facial likeness, body decoration, and regalia—conveys eyewitness testimony to the lives of specific individuals and the complexity of cultural encounters.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jun 18
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Museumss, June 18, 2021, 06/18/2021, (IN-PERSON) North American Portraits and Other Exhibitions

Museums | (IN-PERSON) North American Portraits and Other Exhibitions


Swiss-born Karl Bodmer (1809–1893) was one of the first and most accomplished European artists to document the landscape of the North American interior and its Indigenous peoples. He was hired by the German explorer and naturalist Maximilian, Prince of Wied-Neuwied, to accompany an expedition to the northwestern reaches of the Missouri River in 1833–34. Together they traveled from Saint Louis through the tribal lands of the Omaha, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Blackfoot, among many Plains nations where Bodmer executed watercolor portraits in situ. A meticulous draftsman, Bodmer produced portraits that are notable for their sensitivity of depiction and subtle, refined brushwork. Bodmer’s precise observation of his sitters—in facial likeness, body decoration, and regalia—conveys eyewitness testimony to the lives of specific individuals and the complexity of cultural encounters.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jul 11
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Museumss, July 11, 2021, 07/11/2021, (IN-PERSON) North American Portraits and Other Exhibitions
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