6 Must See Art Shows on the Cheap
The need for culture shouldn’t be affected by what’s in your wallet, or what isn’t for that matter. Here’s a list of free or very affordable art shows/openings in the NYC you can’t miss this winter. The weather maybe drab and dreary but these artists aren’t.
This show focuses on New York City from the point of view of artists who are autistic or have other developmental disabilities. The opening reception is January 30th at 6PM with a cash bar and refreshments. Please RSVP if you would like to attend. This show is free.
City Reliquary Museum: 370 Metropolitan Ave at Havemeyer St. Brooklyn
This exhibit focuses on women who have once called Queens their home. Though they have all chosen different careers and fields, each of them has contributed to changes that have impacted New York and the rest of the country. The exhibit highlights the life and accomplishments of Grace Lee Boggs, Hellen Keller, Betty Friedan, Yeou Cheng-Ma, Lisa Randall, and Rise Stevens. Open now until May 31st. This exhibit is free for Queens Historical Society Members, $3 for students and seniors, $5 general admission.
Kingsland Homestead: 143-35 37th Ave. Queens
For those who are interested in fairy tales, this exhibit tells these stories through the lens of couture designs that are better suited for adults. Open now until May 14, 2016 (Tues-Fri: 12pm-8pm, Saturdays: 10am-5pm). Admission is free.
The Museum at FIT: 227 W. 27th St. Chelsea – NYC
During the 1920s and 1930s, Stalin put restrictions on abstract art, believing it would be confusing to the general public. Photography and film were spared from that fate during those years and much of the experiments by photographers and film directors of the time are still influential today. Open now until February 7th. Times are Mon./Tues./Sat./Sun.: 11:00am-5:45pm, Thu.: 11am-8pm, Fri.:11am-4pm. Saturdays are free.
The Jewish Museum: 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd St. UWS – NYC
Dryer worked on carefully thought out geometric pieces during a time when artists appropriated works and explored the boundaries of commercial excess. On occasion she also painted on canvases of varying shapes. This exhibit displays her works from 1985 until 1992, during which she died after an untimely battle with cancer. Open now until February 7th,Wed-Sun.: 12pm-6pm.
11R: 195 Chrystie St. LES – NYC
Younger generations only know a world in which Cuban-American relations were often tense, and lacking the personal connection older Americans had with the island back when it was a top vacation destination for the wealthy. This exhibit displays the work of a movement known as Los Diez Pintores Concretos (The 10 Concrete Painters). Most of the works in this exhibit are created with geometric patterns that the artists felt were political in how they conformed to a certain structure. Plus, this exhibit is a great opportunity to see artwork that was created during a time of relatively little access to the work of Cuban artists. Open now until February 20th, Tue.-Sat. 10pm-6pm.
David Zwirner: 537 W. 20th St. Chelsea – NYC