Whether you’re celebrating with your pals or dedicating the day to someone special, take yourself on a date before kicking off Valentine’s Day weekend. We picked three of the best openings happening tonight in New York City, featuring a visiting artist from London, a couple who collaborated on a show in Bushwick, and more.
XOXO ON LOVE
WHO: Lena Marquise and Caspar Petéus
WHAT: XOXO on love
WHEN: Friday, 2/12, Reception 7:00PM – 9:00PM, Dance party 9:00PM – 11:00PM.
WHERE: Club 157
WHY: Lena Marquise and Caspar Petéus will be presenting together at Club 157’s first show in Bushwick. The couple has carved out names for themselves individually on an international scale. Lena is known for creating innovative performance art pieces and Caspar for mural paintings, photography, and collage, alongside a background in modeling. Following the opening reception, the gallery will host a dance party with a DJ. Club 157 also offers free coworking spaces for creatives by appointment. Register for the art opening here.
WHO: James White
WHEN: Friday, 2/12, 6:00PM – 8:00PM
WHERE: Sean Kelly Gallery
WHY: London-based artist James White will be presenting a series of new paintings at Sean Kelly Gallery, known for its collaborations with powerhouse artists like Marina Abramović and Julião Sarmento.
This show by James features incredibly life-like black and white oil paintings with scenes from everyday life. James’ paintings of mundane and ordinary things like a door handle or wine glasses “imply a narrative arc that, similar to a cutaway shot in film, create a psychologically Hitchcockian sense of suspense and pause for thought on the nature of the actions that could be occurring just outside the frame.”
WHO: Jason Gringler
WHEN: Friday, 2/12, 5:00PM – 7:00PM
WHY: Part of artist Jason’s ongoing investigation about what constitutes screens and how they relate contemporary culture, this show features an installation that is immersive to its audience. Solivagant* writes, “With each movement pedestrians, traffic and the shifting daylight are continuously projected against the gallery facade.” Jason’s Instagram has a fantastic documentation of the process leading up to the show, which you can find here.