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Gallery Shows in New York City This Month - December 2018

December 1, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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Many of the world's most acclaimed artists live in New York City, including up-and-coming painters, sculptors, video and performance artists, and photographers. Take advantage of the rich art scene by checking out some gallery shows in New York City this month. City Guide has the best gallery events rounded up here.

AfricanByArt Presents: The Pre-Holiday Pop-Up - Silvana
December 01, 2018 - New York

Featuring the lasted ready-to-wear and street wear, African inspired apparel.

Lobby Nights: Dj Prestige - Ace Hotel
December 01, 2018 - New York

DJ Prestige is a fine purveyor of funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and other assorted funky treats. When not preserving and promoting quality vinyl records, he is working like a mad scientist to make the perfect cup of coffee at home. He brings his version of the live mix tape to the lobby of Ace Hotel, where funky jazz, deep funk, raw soul, classic hip hop, real reggae, disco tracks, and drum breaks of all kinds make you move and groove like the park jams back in the day. It's all about the vibe. As DJs spin, the photobooth flashes and mixers mix, enjoy delicious selections from the Lobby Bar and high fives from our friendly staff. General RSVP is not required, but does get you on our A-List mailer for the latest in bookings and event info.

Don't Play with Your Food - 393 NYC
Through December 01, 2018 - NYC

On view Friday, November 30 + Saturday, December 1 at 393 Broadway (White-Walker), Melanie Dunea's new exhibition features 26 photographs exploring the visual intersection of art and food from some of her favorite restaurants such as Eleven Madison Park and Café Altro Paradiso, including a behind-the-scenes film. Following the success of My Last Supper, Melanie shifted her camera's focus from chefs and restaurants to the food itself - showcasing food's fun and simplistic attributes through gorgeous, visually arresting shots. She paints with a coal ash ice cream cone; she pours the contents of a deep red Negroni onto a stark white canvas; she swirls a coup of champagne until it shines like a golden orb. Growing up, Melanie often did the opposite of her parents' wishes, and this exhibition is a physical representation of the age-old adage "don't play with your food", seeking to break the cycle of monotony and see foods from her favorite New York restaurants in a new, beautiful, and provocative light.

Don't Play With Your Food - TriBeCa 393 Gallery
Through December 01, 2018 - New York

Melanie Dunea, a New York based photographer, will display a collection of photographs in her new exhibition called Don’t Play With Your Food? Melanie is the author and photographer of five books including the notable My Last Supper, which featured fifty world-famous chefs and their last meals. The insider access to the food world that she gained through the creation of My Last Supper inspired her to shift her focus from the chefs and restaurants to the intersection where food meets art. The final photographs will be displayed in a Tribeca gallery and 10% of the photograph sales will be donated to NYC Rescue Mission a Tribeca homeless shelter for men and women.

Three Exciting Exhibitions at Agora Gallery! - Agora Gallery
Through December 01, 2018 - NYC

This November, Agora Gallery welcomes three exhibitions: I Remember You, I Know this Place; Discovery: Contemporary Art Perspectives from England, and Illumination: an Exhibition of Fine Art Photography. I Remember You, I Know this Place is primarily an exhibition of paintings, with occasional forays into sculpture and ink on paper works. Throughout the exhibition, viewers will encounter figurative, yet also suggestively abstract works that convey a phrasal meaning. The works included in the show are in such a way that the viewer might experience a sudden insight or act of recognition regarding the human condition. Discovery: Contemporary Art Perspectives from England is an ambitious digital exhibition that showcases a host of artistic styles. Ranging from figuration to abstraction, the exhibition gathers together works influenced by different historical periods, in an effort to demonstrate the sheer multiplicity of artistic values, ideals, and techniques operating in England today. Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography features the work of four contemporary artists as they challenge the notions of traditional photography. Using collage, double exposure, ... (read more)

The Harlem Pop-up Collective - Silvana
December 02, 2018 - New York

The Harlem Popup Collective is a curated creative space with a goal to SUPPORT LOCAL CREATIVES while BUILDING COMMUNITY. Conveniently located in the heart of Harlem @ Silvana 300 W 116th St & Frederic Douglass Blvd, this Collective seeks to provide a platform for local creatives and vendors from New York; independent brands, artist and designers, to share their goods and link with the community.

Gala Champagne Reception & 'Moulin Rouge' Soiree - Amsterdam Whitney Gallery
Through December 06, 2018 - New York

CORNUCOPIC COUNTERPOINTS: NEIL KERMAN, GUNILLA KLEMENDZ, LORI MOLE; APOTHEOSIS of the ILLUMINATA: AASE BIRKHAUG, PATRICK DENNIS, PAUL KENTZ; FULCRUM of the FANTASTIC: ANAT ARON, CORA CRONEMEYER, MATT GABEL; OPTYX of the AESTHETICA: MADELEINE SCHACHTER, MICHAEL SCHAFFER, DREA VERNAZZA, JEONG-AH ZHANG

Lobby Nights: Dj Prestige - Ace Hotel
December 08, 2018 - New York

DJ Prestige is a fine purveyor of funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and other assorted funky treats. When not preserving and promoting quality vinyl records, he is working like a mad scientist to make the perfect cup of coffee at home. He brings his version of the live mix tape to the lobby of Ace Hotel, where funky jazz, deep funk, raw soul, classic hip hop, real reggae, disco tracks, and drum breaks of all kinds make you move and groove like the park jams back in the day. It's all about the vibe. As DJs spin, the photobooth flashes and mixers mix, enjoy delicious selections from the Lobby Bar and high fives from our friendly staff. General RSVP is not required, but does get you on our A-List mailer for the latest in bookings and event info.

The Harlem Pop-up Collective - Silvana
December 09, 2018 - New York

The Harlem Popup Collective is a curated creative space with a goal to SUPPORT LOCAL CREATIVES while BUILDING COMMUNITY. Conveniently located in the heart of Harlem @ Silvana 300 W 116th St & Frederic Douglass Blvd, this Collective seeks to provide a platform for local creatives and vendors from New York; independent brands, artist and designers, to share their goods and link with the community.

Fleshing Out the Ghost: the Fetish, Desire, and Master in K-beauty - Knockdown Center
December 13, 2018 - Maspeth

In conjunction with the exhibition Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin: Universal Skin Salvation, the artist will give a performance lecture incorporating images and video to expand on thematics addressed within the show. With K-beauty advertised as achieving the flesh of a Korean female subject devoid of her subjectivities, it becomes apparent that she is repurposed as technology for attaining desirable surface quality, one rendered as technically superior flesh. What skin are we seeking and looking at in K-beauty – one that emphasizes rehabilitation from war, narrative of assimilation in the U.S., and machinic visions of Asiatic femininity? Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin's performance lecture "Fleshing Out the Ghost: the Fetish, Desire, and Master in K-beauty" investigates K-beauty as a site to unpack its racialized and gendered imaginary of Korean flesh and the fetish that congeals from it. Shin examines how the Korean woman complicates instead of clarifies the distinction between the master and the fetish object and the haunting and the following pleasures that occur from "wearing" contaminated desires of otherness as second skin.

Lobby Nights: Dj Prestige - Ace Hotel
December 15, 2018 - New York

DJ Prestige is a fine purveyor of funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and other assorted funky treats. When not preserving and promoting quality vinyl records, he is working like a mad scientist to make the perfect cup of coffee at home. He brings his version of the live mix tape to the lobby of Ace Hotel, where funky jazz, deep funk, raw soul, classic hip hop, real reggae, disco tracks, and drum breaks of all kinds make you move and groove like the park jams back in the day. It's all about the vibe. As DJs spin, the photobooth flashes and mixers mix, enjoy delicious selections from the Lobby Bar and high fives from our friendly staff. General RSVP is not required, but does get you on our A-List mailer for the latest in bookings and event info.

Nate Lowman's Never Remember at Gagosian New York - Gagosian
Through December 15, 2018 - New York

Opening Reception: October 19, 6 – 8PM Location: Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue Gagosian is pleased to present a selection from Nate Lowman's Maps series, as well as new work by the artist. Made from studio drop-cloths that are stretched in the shape of states and arranged in their geographic locations, Lowman's Maps consider what constitutes painting. An element of chance present through the varied and random marking on the drop-cloths contrasts with the ubiquitous and iconic image of the map of the United States, previously employed by Jasper Johns for works shown in the same location nearly 30 years before.

Mark Grotjahn's New Capri, Capri, Free Capri at Gagosian New York - Gagosian
Through December 22, 2018 - New York

Opening Reception: October 30, 6-8pm Gagosian is pleased to present new paintings by Mark Grotjahn. The Capri series chronicles Grotjahn's return to abstraction in three sub-series; the New Capri paintings, the Capri paintings, and the Free Capri paintings. The forthcoming show at the West 24th Street gallery will be his largest exhibition of new work to date.

New York & The Nation in The Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History - New York Historical Society
Through December 31, 2018 - New York

Collection Highlights and New York and the American Experience Explore the story of New York and America in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. Highlights include: Mounted on the building's original 1904 columns are grand digital screens displaying a continuous, thematically co-ordinated slide show of treasures from the New-York Historical Society's collections. The west face of the columns features individual stations, incorporating interactive touch screens and museum artifacts, presenting six themes in American history which are found interwoven with the history of New York. Projected on dramatic flat screens affixed to six structural columns, the array of objects and images functions as visual signage that demonstrates to our visitors the depth of New-York Historical's collections.

Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking - Americas Society
Through January 12, 2019 - New York

Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant: Trembling Thinking focuses on the ideas developed by the prominent Caribbean thinkers Lydia Cabrera (Havana, 1899–Miami, 1991) and Édouard Glissant (Sainte-Marie, Martinique, 1928–Paris, 2011) and an archipelago of modern and contemporary artists whose works respond to their notions of identity. Artists include: Etel Adnan, Kader Attia, Tania Bruguera, Manthia Diawara, Mestre Didi, Melvin Edwards, Simone Fattal, Sylvie Glissant, Koo Jeong A, Wifredo Lam, Marc Latamie, Roberto Matta, Julie Mehretu, Philippe Parreno, Amelia Peláez, Asad Raza, Anri Sala, Antonio Seguí, Diamond Stingily, Elena Tejada-Herrera, Jack Whitten, and Pedro Zylbersztajn. This exhibition is cocurated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gabriela Rangel, and Asad Raza.

Liliana Porter: Other Situations - El Museo del Barrio
Through January 27, 2019 - New York

Born in Argentina in 1941, Liliana Porter, originally educated in printmaking — a discipline that deeply influenced her practice — moved to New York in 1964, where she cofounded the New York Graphic Workshop with artists Luis Camnitzer and José Guillermo Castillo. Since then, Porter has worked in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, assemblages, video, installation and, more recently, theater. Porter's art has been exhibited in more than 35 countries in over 450 group shows, and is a part of public and private collections including El Museo del Barrio. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, and Sculpture Magazine, among other publications. In 2013, the Fundación Patricia Phelps de Cisneros published the book Liliana Porter in Conversation with Inés Katzenstein as part of the Conversaciones/Conversations series. Galleries in Europe, Latin America and the United States represent the artist.

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition - Mickey Exhibition
Through February 10, 2019 - New York

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse's influence on art and pop culture. Opening in November 2018, this immersive experience is inspired by Mickey's status as a 'true original' and his consistent impact on the arts and creativity in all its forms. Guests will have the chance to explore the 16,000 square-foot exhibition featuring both historic and contemporary work from renowned artists.

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