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Ah, New York: A city so magical that the streets are practically overflowing with possibility…except in January.
The holidays are over.
Cabin fever is at its peak and spring feels impossibly far away, because - let’s face it - this is New York and we probably won’t even get a real spring…
I need some inspiration to get me out of these winter doldrums!
Before I was an Uptown resident, inspiration would have meant a stroll through some shops and galleries in SoHo. But why look elsewhere when your own backyard is teaming with possibility? It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that Upper Manhattan, and Harlem in particular, have long been a home for artists of all mediums. While art galleries have been thriving here for years, there has recently been a noticeable influx of galleries relocating from other neighborhoods – I’m looking at you Chelsea, Greenwich, and the LES. Their loss is Upper Manhattan’s gain!
Here’s a small sampling of the many wonderful galleries offering inspiration this winter:
Essie Green Galleries – Since 1989, this Sugar Hill original features African-American master artists. Shifting Possibilities of Beauty will be on exhibition January 21st – February 25th.
Long Gallery Harlem – Since opening in 2016, Long Gallery Harlem strives to present work by contemporary African American artists. Out of Line, featuring the work of four artists, will be presented from January 27th – February 18th.
Gitler &__ – Located in Sugar Hill, this gallery showcases up and coming artists from all over the world. Gitler & __is also a collaborator of the Audubon Mural Project, whose 77 murals can be seen all over Upper Manhattan. Fragmenticos will be on exhibit from January 16 – February 21st.
Broadway 1602 Harlem – After 10 years in operation, Broadway 1602 expanded to East Harlem. This contemporary gallery features avant-garde work by established and emerging women artists. Ongoing exhibitions throughout the year.
Elizabeth Dee Gallery – This two-story, 12,000 square foot gallery relocated from Chelsea in 2016. Three separate exhibits are currently on display now through January 20th.
Art in FlUX – Looking to experience art outside of a traditional gallery setting? Art In Flux provides. Founded in 2012, this uptown arts initiative creates pop up “galleries” in unique spaces. In collaboration with NoMAA, The New Bench can be experienced in Inwood Hill Park now through February.
Originally from Indiana, Eleni has lived in New York for over 5 years. Along the way she discovered how important it is to truly have a place to call home in this big, bustling city and wants to help you find your "place" here too.