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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.

Opening Reception | Do I Still Yearn for My Virginity?: Printed Paintings of Leaves


A solo exhibition by Chrysanne Stathacos, comprised of pivotal printed paintings of ivy and marijuana leaves from the early 1990’s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Oct 21
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, October 21, 2018, 10/21/2018, Do I Still Yearn for My Virginity?: Printed Paintings of Leaves

Opening Reception | Fantasy, Dream and Make Believe: 3 Photographers from Mexico


An exhibition of photography and video. This exhibition brings together three outstanding emerging artists from Mexico -- Sergio Fonseca, Juan Carlos López Morales and Robert Tondopo -- who situate their subjects within vivid and liminal landscapes of fantasy, dream, and make-believe. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Oct 21
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, October 21, 2018, 10/21/2018, Fantasy, Dream and Make Believe: 3 Photographers from Mexico

Opening Reception | Quotidian: Reflecting the Everyday


This is Hiejin Yoo's first solo exhibition in New York. Quotidian, meaning of or occurring every day, reflects Hiejin's practice of allowing the viewer to see behind their own curtains; daily activities, mundane tasks and peaceful moments alone or with a loved one. Originally from South Korea, Hiejin Yoo recently was in group exhibitions at Paul Kasmin Gallery and Almine Rech Gallery, London. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Oct 24
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, October 24, 2018, 10/24/2018, Quotidian: Reflecting the Everyday

Opening Reception | Denise Scott Brown: Photographs, 1956 - 1966


The first one-person show of photographs in the U.S. of this highly influential architect, planner, and theorist. As one of the first architect/ designers to acknowledge the significance of Pop Art as a means of understanding the American vernacular and the commercial strip, Scott Brown's ideas have often been communicated through the medium of photography. Her pictures of the "electric city" of 1960's Las Vegas as well as the symbolically rich historical architecture of Venice served as visual research for arguments put forth in the seminal Learning from Las Vegas written with her late partner Robert Venturi and Steven Izenour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 25
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, October 25, 2018, 10/25/2018, Denise Scott Brown: Photographs, 1956 - 1966

Opening Reception | Ronald Bladen: Flying Fortress: A 22-Foot Work


The exhibition consists of a single large-scale 22-foot work and two preliminary drawings. Ronald Bladen is cited as an influence of the younger generation of minimalist artists such as Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, and Lawrence Weiner, who repeatedly referred to him as the ‘father figure’ of Minimal Art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 25
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, October 25, 2018, 10/25/2018, Ronald Bladen: Flying Fortress: A 22-Foot Work

Opening Reception | State Traps: Restricting Freedom of Speech


For their first collaborative exhibition, Yazan Khalili and Jonas Staal coined the term ‘state-traps.’ This term addresses more than a decade of artistic, legal and political tactical and strategic engagements through which both artists confront the ideological and repressive apparatuses of the nation-state. Positioning censorship as intrinsic to the freedom of speech, Staal and Khalili expose in their work the limits and falsity of a human right often perceived as the pillar of democracy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Oct 25
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, October 25, 2018, 10/25/2018, State Traps: Restricting Freedom of Speech

Opening Reception | Caspian: The Elements


In 2010, the artist Chloe Dewe Mathews traveled overland from China to the U.K., where she currently lives and works. When she arrived on the shores of the Caspian Sea, she began documenting scenes that intrigued her: stonemasons with their faces covered, building elaborate mausoleums in Kazakhstan for the oil-rich middle class, or health tourists in Azerbaijan, bathing in crude oil for its therapeutic benefits. As she returned to the region repeatedly over the following five years, she sought out stories that raised questions about the human relationship with natural resources in a much-coveted territory. Positioned between the two great continents of Asia and Europe, the Caspian is described as both an inland sea and the world’s largest saltwater lake. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, it has remained outside the territorial boundary of any country, although Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Iran, and Russia have all laid claim to it, each vying for the maximum share of its mineral-rich seabed and the strategic access it provides to international waters. Twenty-seven years later, in August 2018, a deal between the five countries was reached, but its consequences remain to be seen. Away from the wranglings of geopolitics, Dewe Mathews found that materials like oil, fire, uranium, and water are integral to the mystical, economic, artistic, religious, and therapeutic aspects of daily life. Caspian: The Elements offers a series of powerful visual narratives, a portrait of this beguiling and elusive land.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 25
7:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, October 25, 2018, 10/25/2018, Caspian: The Elements

Opening Reception | Macrocosm: The Human Impulse to Explore


A solo exhibition of new large-scale watercolor paintings and sculpture by Thomas Broadbent. The paintings probe into the human impulse for exploration. Broadbent has carefully selected and analyzed subjects that remind us of humankind’s scale and position in the universe. And while our perception of the cosmos is informed by the data and images gathered by satellites, telescopes and manned missions; the moon, planets and stars, still seem to be objects of our imagination.  It is these astronomical bodies and the impulse to map them that has inspired the new works in Thomas Broadbent’s exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Oct 26
7:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Macrocosm: The Human Impulse to Explore

Opening Reception | Evolution of Resolution: Possibilities of Nature


Frank Bradfield’s first solo art show in New York City is an exploration into the evolution of man. Evolution is nature’s answer for survival. Evolution is nature’s way of resolution. Resolution is sudden and born of human intervention. The results of human intervention and the possibilities of what might evolve within species is the central theme that Bradfield has captured in his works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 30
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, October 30, 2018, 10/30/2018, Evolution of Resolution: Possibilities of Nature

Opening Reception | Tempo: A Narrative Unfolds Across Surfaces and Screens


In Jibade-Khalil Huffman's new video and sound installation, a narrative unfolds across surfaces and screens, revealing and obscuring objects in the gallery space over the course of an hour. By dramatizing our relationship to culture, Huffman examines our affinities for black music, and our expectations for its potential as a tool of resistance. Within this mutable narrative, the characters—waylaid by a contemporary condition that demands a performance of identity, even while those identities are undermined by systems of oppression— seek to enact a kind of utopia.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Oct 31
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, October 31, 2018, 10/31/2018, Tempo: A Narrative Unfolds Across Surfaces and Screens

Opening Reception | The eye is not satisfied with seeing: Collages of America


A solo exhibition of mixed media collage works by New York-based artist Hai Zhang. Zhang's collages are reflective of the complexity of living in America, splicing together photographs (both altered and unaltered), strips of tape, paint, and stitching. The works often contain multiple vantage points of a single location or person, though the original images themselves are separated by intervals of several years. Figures reappear, age, and disappear throughout the entirety of the series, an echo of the relationships the artist has cultivated within these communities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 1
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, November 01, 2018, 11/01/2018, The eye is not satisfied with seeing: Collages of America

Opening Reception | Works from the Collection of John Ashbery


An exhibition of selected works from the collection of the celebrated New York poet and art critic, John Ashbery (1927 –2017). Bringing together paintings, drawings, and collages by artists such as Alex Katz, Jane Freilicher, Helen Frankenthaler, Fairfield Porter, Joe Brainard, and Larry Rivers, the presentation reflects the deep-rooted artistic and personal associations amongst a group of artists and poets who, between them, defined New York’s downtown scene for almost two decades from the 1950s onwards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 1
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, November 01, 2018, 11/01/2018, Works from the Collection of John Ashbery

Opening Reception | Hot Farce: A Exhibition About Bad Faith Meta-Figuration and Sexual Satire


Featuring: Natalie Frank, Paul Gagner, Rebecca Morgan, Daniel Morowitz, Gahee Park, Anastasia Tarasenko, Patricia Renee Thomas
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 1
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, November 01, 2018, 11/01/2018, Hot Farce: A Exhibition About Bad Faith Meta-Figuration and Sexual Satire

Opening Reception | Here & Not Yet: Fellows Show Their Work


The exhibition will showcase new work by the 2017-2018 Queer|Art|Mentorship Fellows, produced as an outcome of their participation in Queer|Art’s celebrated year-long intergenerational creative and professional development program, now entering its eighth year. With works of film, literature, performance, and visual art by Justin Allen, David Antonio Cruz, Marco DaSilva, Federica Gianni, Lucas Habte, Ryan Haddad, Lamya Haq, Jarrett Key, Madsen Minax, and Zoe Schlacter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 1
7:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, November 01, 2018, 11/01/2018, Here & Not Yet: Fellows Show Their Work

Opening Reception | Diane Arbus: Untitled: The Complete 66 Photographs


The first complete presentation of Diane Arbus’s Untitled series. The sixty-six images were made at residences for people with developmental disabilities, places Arbus repeatedly returned to for picnics, for dances, and at Halloween between 1969 and 1971, the last years of her life. The exhibition will include several images that have never before been exhibited.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Nov 2
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Diane Arbus: Untitled: The Complete 66 Photographs

Opening Reception | Hoi Polloi: Art as a Rorschach Test


James English Leary is a New York-based artist, filmmaker, and educator whose paired down biomorphic canvases compel a psychological reading, confronting the viewer with “a Rorschach test as a parody of abstraction.” The duality of his works’ objectness and figurative allusions synthesize into a gestalt awareness of authorial subjectivity through his playfully callous material handling. His work has been included in the Whitney Biennial, Greater New York show at MoMA PS1 and the Sundance Film Festival.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Nov 2
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Hoi Polloi: Art as a Rorschach Test

Opening Reception | How to Travel in Time: Group Exhibition


The idea of traveling in time to alter or salvage the past is one of the few narrative motifs that appear in human cultures after the 1800s. Major narrative forms were invented, again and again, in many cultures and many times, but nowhere in human folklore, scripture, drama, or poetry does the idea of time travel arise until the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Featuring work by: Morehshin Allahyari Lee Brogan Hector Ferriero Nicholas Galanin Gideon Rubin Larissa Sansour and Soren Lind
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Nov 7
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, November 07, 2018, 11/07/2018, How to Travel in Time: Group Exhibition

Opening Reception | Listen, Recalibrate: Voices of Female Electronic Music Pioneers


In her second exhibition with the gallery, Aura Satz focuses on voices of female electronic music pioneers, and on sound signals as symbols of communication and disobedience. Included are a series of drawings, two sound sculptures, and a 16mm film.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Nov 7
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Opening Receptions, November 07, 2018, 11/07/2018, Listen, Recalibrate: Voices of Female Electronic Music Pioneers

Opening Reception | Lisa Yuskavage: New Paintings


A group of new large-scale canvases relating to the artist’s recent "Couples" paintings will be featured uptown. These charged depictions of often interlocking, interdependent male and female figures developed out of the artist's series of "symbiotic" portraits from the early 2000s that paired two female figures to evoke a sense of a dual manifestation of a single personality.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 8
5:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, November 08, 2018, 11/08/2018, Lisa Yuskavage: New Paintings

Opening Reception | Releasing Words: The Cut Paper Art of Deborah Ugoretz


This retrospective will present the artist’s work in cut paper, ranging from traditional ketubot (elaborately decorated marriage contracts), pieces inspired by Biblical texts and prayer, to more recent work that considers the traditional as a starting point to explores themes and concepts in exciting and very contemporary ways.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 8
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, November 08, 2018, 11/08/2018, Releasing Words: The Cut Paper Art of Deborah Ugoretz

Opening Reception | Dense Lightness: Artwork Based on Gilgamesh


A solo exhibition of works by Ivan Forde, bringing together multimedia works from the artist’s interdisciplinary experimentations with cyanotype. Drawn from Forde’s long-term work and research around the ancient Mesopotamian epic poem Gilgamesh/He Who Saw The Deep, this installation invites visitors to experience the artist’s studio practice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 8
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, November 08, 2018, 11/08/2018, Dense Lightness: Artwork Based on Gilgamesh

Opening Reception | Andy Warhol: A Retrospective


A leader in the Pop Art Movement, Andy Warhol is today remembered most prominently for his pioneering silkscreen prints. Warhol's series Flowers-based on photographs taken by Patricia Caulfield and originally featured in the June 1964 issue of Modern Photography Magazine-is a portfolio of ten screen-prints. The works, when initially presented, represented a surprising departure from the artist's initial themes of pop culture and commercialism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Nov 16
6:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, November 16, 2018, 11/16/2018, Andy Warhol: A Retrospective

Opening Reception | Photographing Buildings


Architectural photographer Norman McGrath graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with a degree in engineering. He worked in Ireland for two years before moving to New York in 1956. Soon afterwards he began to find his engineering work lacking in creativity and gradually transitioned to photography, specializing in both the exteriors and interiors of buildings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 29
6:00 pm

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Opening Receptions, November 29, 2018, 11/29/2018, Photographing Buildings
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