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Painting by Ana Benaroya titled Kiss Me More from 2021

Opening on April 8

Painting by Ana Benaroya titled Kiss Me More from 2021
Ana Benaroya, Kiss Me More, 2021. Spray paint, acrylic paint, and oil paint on canvas; 40 x 47 in.

Ana Benaroya: Swept Away at Venus Over Manhattan
The exhibition opens April 8 and runs through May 21, 2022
55 Great Jones Street, New York NY 10012

On its tenth anniversary, Venus Over Manhattan will open a second location on 55 Great Jones Street between Lafayette and the Bowery. On April 8th, “Swept Away,” an exhibition featuring work by Ana Benaroya, will commence the opening of this new location. Benaroya’s work depicts distorted women with super-heroic musculature, running counter to common representations of the feminine form. Her work has received critical acclaim for its representation of queerness and queer desire. In an interview with She-Curates, she describes her work as “slightly manic. Kinda always on the verge of losing control.”

For a Good Cause. Saturday April 9, 2-7 PM

Cash Rules everything around me. Ayana Evans.
Flyer courtesy of Ayana Evans.

Cash Rules Everything Around Me: A Career Fair for More Than Just Survival by Ayana Evans & the Weeksville Heritage Center
The fair runs from 2-7PM on Saturday, April 9th
158 Buffalo Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Ayana Evans and the Weeksville Heritage Center have created a career fair aimed at employing formally incarcerated and system-affected folks, as well as Black, Brown, queer, and trans youth.

Based on the knowledge that access to education and technology decreases recidivism, Cash Rules Everything Around Me, aims to increase access to the art world and create employment opportunities. “The goal is to help teens and young adults who may want to enter careers in art and tech but don’t have connections to those fields, enter those job markets,” Evans explains.“ These are areas where we can do the most help for nonviolent offenders who are often over-sentenced and doomed to a life of low income and dead-end jobs after serving time.” The event will consist of art-related workshops, panels, teen arts internship opportunities, and employment advisement from agencies that specifically help court-involved people.

If you or your organization would like to contribute, please email Ayana Evans at Cultbytes will be present at the fair, advising on resumé building, social media channels, and personal branding.

March 3–April 9, 2022

"Death is Absolutely Safe." "AWAKE AWAKE ASLEEP." Alex Stern.
Alex Stern. “AWAKE AWAKE ASLEEP.” Mixed media.

AWAKE AWAKE ASLEEP at Trotter & Sholer.
The exhibit runs from March 3–April 9, 2022.
168 Suffolk Street, New York, NY 10002

In this solo exhibition, Alex Stern showcases mixed-media work using New England Journals of Medicine. The journals, marked up with paint, and covered in resin, reflect his ambivalent relationship with contemporary medicine.

“The series plays with the tensions between authority, truth, and experiences,” Trotter & Sholer write about the exhibition. “For Stern, there is an important contradiction in his use of the journals; the knowledge it contains is in a sense exalted and preserved forever, however it simultaneously encases the knowledge rendering it inaccessible.

If You Like Modern Design and Jewelry…

vitalità del negativo 60-70. Getulio Alviani.
Interrelazione speculare curva, 1965-67 photo from exhibition “vitalità del negativo 60-70” – Roma 1970.

Alvani X Ancient Featuring Getulio Alviani & Ancient Masters at Colnaghi
The exhibit runs from April 7–May 21, 2022.
 38 East 70th Street

In this exhibition, artist and designer Getulio Alviani’s work is placed alongside work from three millennia. Both Alviani’s jewelry and other work will be on display, including dramatic necklaces, an imposing steel sculpture, and works in wood. Other highlights of the exhibit include a Roman floor mosaic of a sea goddess from the 3rd –4th century A.D., and a Greco-Roman sculpture of Aphrodite from 1st century B.C. –1st century A.D.

Colnaghi describes the objective of the exhibition: “together, the works from different eras offer a distinctive tour through the doors of perception and the issues that have preoccupied artists for millennia—how they craft their materials to shape their forms, and how they harness the power of light to create illusions that trick the eye and the mind.”

Join the Party on April 7 

Photo from Young Collectors Night 2021.
Photo from Young Collectors Night 2021.

Young Collectors Night at the Winter Show.
April 7, 2022 from 6–9 PM.
660 Madison Avenue

This annual benefit for East Side House Settlement takes place at 660 Madison Avenue, the former New York Barneys flagship. YCN is targeted towards up-and-coming collectors, artists, designers, and art lovers. Attendees will be able to view antiques from the past 5,000 years alongside jewelry, cocktails, and music by Timo Weiland. Tickets can be purchased here.

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