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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) Thu, 10/29/2020 - 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.

Opening Reception | Together While Apart: Drawings and Paintings (in-person)

Together While Apart: an exploration of vibrant color and pattern by Scarlett Lingwood. Creating community through repetition, Scarlett's works compose vivacious imaginary social exchanges, created through the manipulation of color within a set framework of repeated motifs. Uncertainty had shaped much of the emotional landscape in 2020, and Scarlett deftly interpreted that mood with this body of work. Masks are required. Social distancing is observed.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Oct 29
6:00 pm

Opening Receptions, October 29, 2020, 10/29/2020, Together While Apart: Drawings and Paintings (in-person)

Museums | The Drawing Center is Now Open!

The Drawing Center, founded in 1977 by former assistant curator of drawings at the Museum of Modern Art Martha Beck, is a museum and a nonprofit exhibition space that focuses on the exhibition of drawings, both historical and contemporary. Current exhibition 100 Drawings from Now, made by an international group of artists since early 2020, provides a snapshot of artistic production during a period of profound global unrest. Together the works in the exhibition spotlight the urgency, intimacy, and universality of drawing during moments of upheaval and isolation. Reserve your times entry pass at
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Nov 4
12:00 pm

Museumss, November 04, 2020, 11/04/2020, The Drawing Center is Now Open!

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, Nov 15
10:00 am

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Museumss, November 15, 2020, 11/15/2020, 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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Thu, Nov 19
12:00 pm

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Museumss, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Disrupted Timeline of 150 Years of Fashion History (in-person)
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