Anyone who’s interested in the art world knows that New York City never runs out of interesting shows in galleries and museums. After many art institutions decided to forgo their COVID-19 regulations, art shows have become even more abundant. Not only are shows in full swing, but new art spaces are popping up all over the city. Here is a highlight of some of the most exciting new spots in Manhattan.
120 Walker Street, 3R, Chinatown, Manhattan
Someday Gallery will soon be celebrating its 1-year anniversary. Right in the center of Chinatown, and a few steps away from the Canal Street subway station, the gallery boasts old wooden floors and very rough industrial unkempt features — all contributing to its charm. It just finished showing “Nosferasta,” a multimedia installation by Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer and Oba, which debuted a month ago on September 16.
Oba, a Trinidadian artist and musician who lives in Brooklyn and who also serves as the executive producer, co-writer, and protagonist of Nosferasta: First Bite, contributed a number of brand new sculptures to the exhibition. Oba used a wide range of materials in his elaborate assemblages, including cardboard, acrylic paint, beads, glass, shells, brocade ribbons, sequins, mobile phones, glitter, trimming, and other textiles.
His figures that resemble coffins are inspired by a variety of mythological idols, including Egyptian pharaohs, demigods, ritual graveyards, and Art Historical effigies. Oba’s ornamented sculptures, which he made in his bedroom, are reminiscent of cloaked shrines. It was the perfect show for the location.
Opening on November 4 will be a new show featuring work from Rachelle Dang and Demarco Mosby.
313 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Amanita is a brand new gallery that just opened on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in September. It’s located where the historical fight club CBGB used to be housed. CBGB is the club that essentially birthed the punk rock scene of the ’70s and ’80s.
Visitors will see a mural of jumping figurines spray painted straight onto a brick wall in the gallery’s basement, as well as a CBGB newsprint collage and a wall covered in stickers over a bathroom sink that was probably later built as a tribute to the long-gone club.
115 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Despite the fact that Brief Histories only recently opened its second-floor Bowery site, the project actually started more than 10 years ago as a response to the Arab Spring. Fawz Kabra, the gallery’s co-founder, director, and curator, was disturbed by the restrictions on free speech that prevailed in many of the affected nations.
Kabra started reaching out to friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors to gather responses to the major historical and political events taking place. The gallery has so far held 5 exhibitions, including its current display, Late Night Strollers, which features the work of Palestinian artist Jumana Manna.
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Photo via Someday Gallery