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12 NYC Exhibition Openings To Get Excited About In 2016

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Updated: 24 April 2017
Get ready art enthusiasts — 2016 will be a year to remember. New York is an international center for art, and this shows in the wide variety of artists and techniques in exhibitions around the city. Whether you’re interested in photography, sculpture, fashion, ceramics, painting, or any other form of art, you will find a well-crafted exhibition waiting for you.
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Black Light: New Work

Born in New York, Sarah Plimpton is being featured at the June Kelly Gallery in an upcoming exhibit, Black Light: New Work. She is a prolific artist in many mediums, including etchings and paintings, but she has also written poetry and fiction. Her art is exhibited regularly in New York, Connecticut, and Zürich.

January 7 – February 9, 2016

June Kelly Gallery, 166 Mercer Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 226 1660

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Berlinde De Bruyckere

Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere is coming to New York this winter with her latest exhibit at Hauser and Wirth. Her unique art uses interesting mediums, like wax, wood, wool, horse skin, and horse hair. She is particularly known for creating sculptures of animal and human figures, which are both disturbing and enticing. She has been featured nationally and internationally, and she has been featured at Hauser and Wirth many times.

January 28 – April 2, 2016

Hauser and Wirth, 511 West 18th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 790 3900

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Neil Raitt

Neil Raitt shows in his art that repetition can be rather abstract. His intricate oil paintings show repeated scenes of nature on a small-scale, which is then repeated across the large canvas. Raitt has been featured in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, and the U.S. This exhibit at the Nicelle Beauchene Gallery will be Raitt’s first solo exhibit in New York.

February 11 – March 13, 2016

Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, 327 Broome Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 375 8043

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Elaine Stocki

Get ready because Elaine Stocki is coming to the Thomas Erben Gallery. She has been featured across the U.S. and in both Canada and Germany, and she has received excellent acclaim for her thought-provoking photography. Her photos are surreal, and the subjects appear out of the ordinary (in a good way). She is known for hand-coloring her photographs. A definite must-see for anybody who loves photography.

February 18 – March 27, 2016

Thomas Erben Gallery, 526 West 26th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 645 8701

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Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains

At the National Museum of the American Indian, visitors can learn about the evolution of art for the Plain Indians at Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains. Tracing history from the 1700s to the 1970s, this exhibit shows the progression of art subject and form. While early art shows war scenes on animal hide, later art depicts contemporary subjects in ledger books.

March 12 – December 4, 2016

National Museum of the American Indian, Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 514 3700

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Alyssa Monks: New Paintings

Alyssa Monks’s paintings show incredible realism, which can make the viewer forget that he is looking at a painted piece. Her upcoming exhibit at Forum Gallery, Alyssa Monks: New Paintings, features images of faces beautifully meshed into a background of nature — with the appearance that the viewer is looking through a window. Monks has been featured in solo and group exhibits across the U.S., and her upcoming exhibit is sure to impress.

March 24 – May 7, 2016

Forum Gallery, 730 Fifth Avenue #2, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 355 4545

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Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty

At the Museum of Modern Art’s upcoming exhibit, Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty, viewers will experience a new exhibition of Degas’s monotypes. Degas was a French artist especially well known for his paintings of French life. The monotypes in this exhibit will focus on scenes from his life, like images from cafés, ballets, and brothels. It is a definite must-see, especially for those who would like to see some of Degas’s lesser-known works.

March 26 – July 24, 2016

Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 708 9400

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manus x machine: fashion in an age of technology

This upcoming exhibit from the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will look at high fashion spanning from the 1880s to 2015. What is the difference between handmade and machine-made clothing” manus x machine presents different clothing from this span of over a century to see the difference between these techniques, spanning from hand-weaving to 3-D printing.

May 5 – August 14, 2016

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 535 7710

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Antonio López: Future Funk Fashion

Antonio López: Future Funk Fashion shows the life of a Puerto Rican fashion designer who began working in fashion when he was a young man living in New York City. His work importantly brought high fashion to a larger range of ethnicities, making a statement about the beauty of all humans. This exhibit at El Museo del Barrio will expose the wide variety of his work.

May 25 – September 17, 2016

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 831 7272

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Moholy-Nagy: Future Present

László Moholy-Nagy, a Hungarian artist, will be celebrated at the Guggenheim at Moholy-Nagy: Future Present. He was an incredibly prolific artist, and he was celebrated in many different techniques. He was a sculptor, painter, filmmaker, stage designer, photographer, and more. Seventy years after his death, NY will celebrate this artist once again.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 423 3500

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Giselle Hicks

As part of the Resident Artists Exhibition, Giselle Hicks’s ceramic art will be featured at the Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery. Hicks has profoundly impacted the U.S. with her vessel, tile, and sculpture. The Greenwich House is dedicated to bringing art and guidance to the public, and the Jane Hartsook Gallery is the only space in New York that is dedicated to showing ceramics.

June 6 – August 8, 2016

Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery, 16 Jones Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 242 4106

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Sophia al-Maria

Get ready New York, Sophia al-Maria is making her debut in the U.S. at the Whitney Museum of American Art. This Qatari-American artist portrays the Arabian Gulf through her art. This upcoming exhibit explains Gruen Transfer, an idea that the external forces manipulate the environment to influence consumers. This particular exhibit will feature a selection of videos to portray this phenomenon in the Gulf countries.

Summer 2016

Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 570 3600

By Sean Scarisbrick

Sean is a graduate student at Hunter College where he studies Middle Eastern history. He is particularly interested in cultural history and language’s contribution to culture. He loves Shakespeare, Malala Yousafzai, Game of Thrones, foreign languages (Arabic, Spanish, and French), and Arabic street art.