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23 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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This show examines the artist’s use of different variations of fluorescent white light in his work from the 1960s. The exhibition will comprise works from this pivotal first decade of Flavin’s experimentations with ready-made, commercially produced lamps that exemplify and distill—in this restricted palette—his minimal and conceptual approach to art making.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Feb 21
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 21, 2018, 02/21/2018, in daylight or cool white: Light Works by Dan Flavin
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The artist’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery will showcase the diversity of her practice, including a selection of new concrete sculptures, a variety of wall-mounted paintings and assemblages, and iterations of her ongoing Schauspieler (Actors) series.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 22
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 22, 2018, 02/22/2018, Sky Energy: Works by Isa Genzken
Opening Reception |
Marking the artist’s fourteenth solo exhibition with the gallery, this show will feature a recent body of work, DCT (2016–ongoing), and a new and never-before-seen series, Blackout (2017), that together illustrate Douglas’s overarching interest in the nature of photographic representation and its relationship to reality.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 22
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 22, 2018, 02/22/2018, DCTs and Scenes from the Blackout: Photography by Stan Douglas
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This is Mike Cloud’s formative painted-clothing series from 2007 and 2008, a period in which the artist incisively foregrounded printmaking and collage strategies—incorporating children’s clothing, mark making by transference, and unusually arranged stretchers. The show marks the first time that these works will be exhibited side-by-side (they were previously shown at Miami’s Center for Visual Communication during Art Basel and Max Protetch Gallery in New York), uniting a playful, deliberate and exposed, multivalent body of work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Feb 22
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 22, 2018, 02/22/2018, Quilt Painting: Works by Mike Cloud
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The gallery's first exhibition with New York-based Swiss artist Yves Scherer (b. 1987, Solothurn, Switzerland) will feature the artist’s most recent body of work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 24
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 24, 2018, 02/24/2018, Primal: Photography by Yves Scherer
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With his second exhibition at the gallery, Eric Dyer presents interactive sculptures that dazzle the visitor with their electrifying kinetic energy of animated images. Inspired by pre-cinematic devices to address contemporary themes, Dyer makes animation tangible, inventing new forms beyond the traditional one-dimensional celluloid form. Obsessed with the expressivity of motion, Dyer believes that complex collages of sequential images reveal secret kinetics hidden in stasis related to the everyday world around us.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Feb 24
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, February 24, 2018, 02/24/2018, Seeking Motion Hidden: Interactive Sculptures by Eric Dyer
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A revealing exhibition about Columbia’s Casa Italiana—the neo-Renaissance palazzo on Amsterdam Avenue, now home to the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies—and the dawn of Italian studies at Columbia, starting with Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart’s witty librettist. Silk, silver, and parchment relics, oil paintings and forgotten letters: the displays will illustrate the complex and often controversial moments in the Casa’s history, highlighting figures such as the talented but equivocal Giuseppe Prezzolini and Columbia’s president Nicholas M. Butler, as well as students and community members—both Italian and Italian-American.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 28
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 28, 2018, 02/28/2018, Exhibition: From Da Ponte to the Casa Italiana: A Brief History of Italian Studies at Columbia University
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Nathlie Provosty’s second solo exhibition with the gallery introduces the artist’s newest body of work: five large paintings and several smaller pieces. The title indicates a play on words and vision. A pupil is the dark circular opening in the iris of the eye that allows light in, but it is also a student. An anvil is an iron metalworking tool upon which objects are struck and shaped, but it is also a small bone in the ear that registers vibrations. Both the pupil and anvil are tasked to receive, and respond in force.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 28
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 28, 2018, 02/28/2018, My Pupil is an Anvil: Paintings by Nathalie Provosty
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The photographer Carlo Rocchi Bilancini has always had an affinity for the mysterious, transformative qualities of water. Yet, where his earlier focus was on individual character, here the photographer is concerned with memory and loss, two things that migrants always carry with them, regardless of their weight. In thirty-four hauntingly beautiful colour images, Bilancini explores what it means to leave something behind.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Feb 28
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, February 28, 2018, 02/28/2018, Migration: Photographs by Carlo Rocchi Bilancini
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Throughout her life, Pauli Murray (1910-1985) was a leading human rights activist, historian, attorney, poet, and teacher. The great-granddaughter of slaves and slave owners, Pauli Murray became an advisor to presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy and a lifelong friend of Eleanor Roosevelt. Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to stand, Murray refused to sit in the back of a bus, and 20 years before the Greensboro sit-ins, she organized restaurant sit-downs in Washington, D.C., while a law student at Howard University.  She was the first African-American awarded a doctorate of law from Yale University (who recently named a college for her), and a co-founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW). In 2012, she was named an Episcopal saint.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 1
5:15 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 01, 2018, 03/01/2018, Pauli Murray:  Exhibit on the First African-American Woman to Be Ordained an Episcopal Priest
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The first US solo exhibition of Norwegian photographer Anja Niemi. In her latest series, Niemi continues her investigations of the self. This time she turns the lens to a life lived under the constraints of conformity. Every day her fictional character finds herself trapped in the same pink dress, but what she really wants is to be a cowboy, dressed in fringe and leather, riding horses in the Wild West. Through this series of photographs with multiple layers and possible interpretations, Niemi delivers her most political work to date.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 1
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 01, 2018, 03/01/2018, She Could Have Been A Cowboy: Photographs by Anja Niemi
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Reka Nyari’s erotically charged photographs engage cultural narratives surrounding gender and sexuality. A master at the art of storytelling, Nyari’s newest series documents Ginzilla, a dramatically-posed young woman whose naked body is lavishly-adorned with tattoos. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 1
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 01, 2018, 03/01/2018, Valkyrie Ink: Photography by Reka Nyari
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The first US solo exhibition of French artist Louis Granet. The exhibition will feature work made by Granet throughout his three-month residency with the gallery in Manhattan’s Alphabet City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 1
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, March 01, 2018, 03/01/2018, Free, Super fast !!!!!: Paintings by Louis Granert
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M E M O R Y  evidences a conscious, nonlinear step into all periods and styles of Blackness. It is a shift away from Western notions of Blackness towards a decidedly Black aesthetic envisioning a fresh perspective on Black identity past, present and future. Pecou depicts Blackness unbound - free from the confines and limitations informed by lingering misrepresentations of the Black body and prevailing misconceptions of racial inferiority, poverty and/or corruption.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 1
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, March 01, 2018, 03/01/2018, M E M O R Y: Paintings by Fahamu Pecou
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The gallery is proud to present its annual Krappy Kamera Exhibition, including the winners of the 2018 International Competition, and exhibits by gallery artists, photographer Jean Miele and former winners of previous Krappy Kamera Competitions. The Competition originated at Soho Photo Gallery in 1998 and is one of the high points of the year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Mar 6
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 06, 2018, 03/06/2018, 2018 International Krappy Kamera Competition Winners
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Jackie Kong and Nathan Storey Freeman both approach art-making through regimented exercises and performance pieces, aimed at deconstructing movement, images, and paradigms therein.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 7
5:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 07, 2018, 03/07/2018, Body Building, Body Blurring, Body Breaking: Works by Jackie Kong and Nathan Storey Freeman
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In 1974, 26-year-old Kathy Acker met the conceptual artist Alan Sondheim, and suggested a collaboration that would allow them to get to the bottom of their sexual attraction by exchanging “as much information about [themselves] as possible.” The result is Blue Tape, an hour-long, highly charged and confrontational truth-and-sex tape. It is remarkable for its braveness, as well as the insight it gives into a young Acker, about to find her voice on sexuality, intimacy, family, and power relations--all themes that consistently recur throughout her oeuvre. For this group exhibition, Blue Tape will be shown next to works by contemporary artists in dialog with Acker. With work by Kathy Acker, Ser Brandon-Castro Serpas, Celia Hempton, Beatrice Marchi, Bjarne Melgaard, Alan Sondheim, Diamond Stingily, Women’s History Museum
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 8
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 08, 2018, 03/08/2018, Kathy Acker: Who Wants to Be Human All the Time: A Group Exhibition
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In Heller’s solo exhibition, the viewer experiences her canvases of landscapes, skyscapes, intimate details of nature or its broad vistas, as acts of passion rendered through an artist’s discipline. It is this tension between discipline and passion—indeed, resonance and dissonance—which provides the images with power and delicacy in equal measure.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 8
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, March 08, 2018, 03/08/2018, The Sky's the Limit: Paintings by Marsha Heller
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The gallery's second solo exhibition of the prominent Japanese photographer Hitoshi Fugo. The exhibition features approximately thirty black-and-white gelatin silver prints out of the eighty that make up the series. Spanning from the early 1970s to the early 2000s, the series captures the subtle moments of the everyday passage of time - sprinklers watering an empty lawn, a paddle breaking the surface of water, flies fluttering around a bright light bulb, and sunlight illuminating part of a woman's face.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 8
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, March 08, 2018, 03/08/2018, Blackout: Prints by Hitoshi Fugo
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Palestinian French artist Taysir Batniji is the third recipient of Immersion, a French American Photography Commission, a program launched by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. Batniji brings together photographs, selections from family archives, drawings, and writings to explore the sense of dislocation and the different ideas of “home” experienced by various members of his family who immigrated to the United States from the Middle East.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Mar 14
7:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 14, 2018, 03/14/2018, Home Away from Home: Photography by Taysir Batniji
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This exhibition presents new work from the Dharmapala Thangka Center in Nepal. It celebrates the significant and specific roles of female icons in the liberation and enlightenment of sentient beings. In Tibetan Buddhism, a female Buddha is considered to be the mother of all Buddhas and sentient beings. In Tantrism, female buddhas are important aspects of the enlightenment practice known as Atti yoga (maha yoga).  In Tibetan art, these female icons and figures are depicted as buddhas, bodhisattvas, historical figures such as lineage founders, and also yidams and dharma protectors in peaceful, semi-wrathful or wrathful forms.  Master artist Karsang Lama from the Dharmapala Center is a national treasure in Nepal and a world renowned painter of traditional tangkas.  His work appears in monasteries and museums in Asia, Europe and the United States.  The Dharmapala Thangka Center promotes the Himalayan Buddhist art and tradition, and is affiliated with a monastic tradition of the northern Buddhist artisans of Tibet and Nepal.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 15
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, March 15, 2018, 03/15/2018, Divine Feminine: New Masterpieces from Nepal
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An exhibition of work by the BFA Photography and Video department’s students inspired by their working relationships with leading members of the New York arts community. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 15
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, March 15, 2018, 03/15/2018, Mentors: A Student Show
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Allison Miller has a proclivity to set up painterly problems and turn them into wonderment. Wonderment beaming all the more brightly due to the wrenches she throws into her picture machine. She understands that problems in part define the kind of work a painter chooses to do, and are not to be avoided but embraced. Allison Miller is a painter who can make a riddle out of an answer. Problems for her are the sparkly ruby slippers… keys to another dimension.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Mar 15
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, March 15, 2018, 03/15/2018, Feed Dogs: Paintings by Allison Miller
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