GRAFFITI AS ART View fresh visions of graffiti from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and New York City. Exhibit continues thru May 5. The Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU, 7 E. 10th St. Pictured above is Jerusalem Wall Stencil Art, 2005, by Leora Cheshin. For more information, visit www.nyu.edu/bronfman.
RELATIONSHIP WOES In The Stuttering Preacher, a proud Black woman is tired of deceitful, game playing men and bad relationships. She then crosses romantic paths with the charming but dangerous Stuttering Preacher. Presented along with Champion, about a man who struggles with major life altering challenges. Both are one act plays. Thurs., April 6 - Sun., April 30; Thurs. Fri. at 7:30pm, Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 3pm. Henry Street Settlements Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St. $18. 212-279-4200. Pictured above is The Stuttering Preachers playwright and co-star Levy Lee Simon.
30-YEAR OLD PHOTOS DOCUMENT CHANGE The Lost Waterfront features photos by Shelley Seccombe taken over 30 years ago. The photos depict the Hudson River waterfront in Greenwich Village during a time when the area was in transition from a strictly commercial past to a recreationally-oriented future. Continues thru Oct. 31. South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St. 212-748-8600. Pictured above is a lute player
A FAREWELL TRIBUTE TO THE FULTON FISH MARKET The open-air Fulton Fish Market operated in Lower Manhattan from 1822-2005. Artist Ellen Bradshaw captured its last days on canvas. View her works, influenced by the realism of the Ashcan painters of the 1910-30s and the color and atmosphere of the Impressionists. Receptions are Thurs., April 6 from 5-8pm and Sat., April 8 from 3-6pm. Continues thru April 22. Pleiades Gallery, 530 W. 25th St., 4th floor, bet 10th & 11th Aves. 646-230-0056.
NEW PAINTINGS BY A NEW YORKER New York based artist John Hardy expands his interpretation of the contemporary world by examining conspicuous consumerism and its effect on identity and social acculturation. With vibrant imagery and a palette taken directly from life, the paintings combine urban architecture, the inhabitants of city streets and the marketing images of our time. Pictured above is I Need to See You, 2004. Continues thru April 8. DFN Gallery 176 Franklin St. 212-334-3400.
DIRECTORS CHOICE WORKS OF ART View unique fired clay pieces by sculptor Marilyn Fox, gauze works by mixed media artist Franklin MacFie and paintings and drawings by Carol Massa. Artists reception is Thurs., March 9 from 5-8pm. Continues thru March 26. Pictured above is Angels Dancing by Carol Massa. Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune St. at Washington St. 212-989-4650, www.westbeth.org.
ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION The Salmagundi Club has served as a center for fine artists from New York and around the country for over 130 years. Currently view works as part of the Junior & Scholarship Members Annual Exhibition. Continues thru March 17. Pictured above is Paige by Rose Freymuth-Frazier. Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Ave. at 12th St. 212-255-7740, www.salmagundi.org.
ART BY TATTOO AND MIXED MEDIA ARTIST A solo-exhibit of mixed media silhouetted self-portraits by Grime, an artist, writer and businessman. Grimes work addresses ideas of beauty, banality, consumerism, sex, politics, death and life. His art plays with self-image, how he perceives himself and how he believes others perceive him. Invisible NYC, 148 Orchard St. Thru March 25. 212-228-1358.
A VISUAL DANCE INTO THE UNSEEN New York artist Marion Lanes newest exhibit, Life Forms, offers a new genre of painting. She works from evocative graphic drawings and creates forms that suggest the complexities of emerging cellular life forms under a microscope or vast explosions of energy in cosmic space. Pleides Gallery, 530 W. 25th St. Continues thru March 11. 646-230-0056.
INNOVATIVE ART IN THE LES In Gallery A, Light My Ire is a group exhibit in which angst and art collide and features works by Allan Rubin, Hi Tek Hoop and more. Continues thru May 31. In Gallery B, The Year of the Dog is an installation and performance by Peter Grzybowski. It consists of fluorescent paintings, digital video and a sound track to give the impression of a parallel reality. Continues thru March 31. Fusion Arts, 57 Stanton St., bet Forsyth & Eldridge Sts. 212-995-5290.
PAINTINGS ON PAPER Exhibit features works by Stanford Brent. Pictured above is Sinker, 2004-2005, acrylic on paper. Opening reception is Thurs., Feb. 16 from 6:30-8:30pm. Continues thru March 11. New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, 8 W. 8th St. 212-673-6466.
RUSSIAN ABSTRACT ART Moscow born artist Natalia Sitnikovas first exhibition in the U.S. presents an opportunity to view abstraction as an integral part of Russian contemporary art. View 25 individual paintings, assembled into an abstract installation with each canvas being an independent composition in itself. Pictured above is Composition 25, #6. Continues thru Feb. 20. Mimi Ferzt Gallery, 114 Prince St. 212-343-9377.
AFRICAN ART EXPOSITION Artificial Afrika is an exhibition that considers contemporary artistic appropriations of African visual culture through mythology, religious traditions, musical forms and other culturally-specific practices. Continues thru March 17. Gigantic ArtSpace, 59 Franklin St. 212-226-6762. Panel discussion Thurs., Feb. 9 at 7pm at the American Folk Art Museum, 45 W. 53rd St. $10, $5 museum members, seniors and students. Tickets are available by calling 212- 265-1040 x 160.
Ansonia Pharmacy, 442 6th Ave.. at 10th St.:PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHS, Black & white pinhole photographs of New York City's architecture by Veronica Saddler. Begins March 14.
APEX ART, 291 Church St. 212-431-5270: NEO SINCERITY: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE COMIC AND THE COSMIC IS A SINGLE LETTER, An exhibition that explores how in dire times such as war laughter has always been the best revenge. Art critic Amei Wallach surveys three generations of visual artists who amuse and apall.Thru April 8.
cENTER FOR jEWISH hISTORY, Yeshiva University Museum: A PERFECT FIT, Exhibition illustrates the impact and influence of American Jewry on the world of fashion and explores the themes of technology, industry, labor, immigration and popular culture from 1860 - 1960. Thru April 9.
DENISE BIBRO fINE aRT, 529 W. 20th St., 4th floor, 212-647-7030: FLYING MIGRATION, A solo exhibition of artist Carol Goebels welded steel sculptures. Farm implements, cast iron metamorphasizing into wall sculptures. The pieces are light and airy, steel that soars. Thru Mar. 4. RECENT OIL PAINTINGS, An exhibition of Linda Lippas figure-based narrative and still life paintings. These paintings encapsulate the spirit of contemporary life and emote human drama. Thru Mar. 4.
Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 3 Beekman St., 845-440-0100, www.diaart.org: GALLERY TALK, Steven Evans, Assistant Director for Dia Art Foundation, will talk about the work of Dan Flavin. Sat., Feb. 25. at 1pm. Gallery Talks are the last Saturday of every month at 1 pm and are free with museum admission. Talks focus on the work of the artists in the collection. The one-hour presentations are given by curators, art historians and writers, and take place in museums galleries. Reservations are suggested. Call 845- 440-0100 x44.
ETHAN cOHEN fINE aRTS, 18 Jay St., bet Hudson & Greenwich, 212-625-1250: NEW CHINESE OCCIDENTALISM, A show about artists whose work is at the cusp of an art world wrestling with a contradiction. Chinese art made in America, has up until recently, gone relatively unnoticed. This show is the first to address this special community and focus on its lineage and contribution. Thru Feb. 28.
Fusion Arts Museum, 57 Stanton St., bet Forsyth & Eldridge Sts., 212-995-5290: LIGHT MY IRE, A group exhibit curated by Paul Cabezas in which angst and art collide. Feb. 16 - May 31. Main gallery. THE YEAR OF THE DOG, an installation of fluorescent paintings, digital video and sound track by New York installation and performance artist Peter Grzybowski. Thru Mar. 31.
The first presbyterian church in the city of new york, The Great Hall, South Wing, 12 W. 12 St: Colors, An invitational exhibition of artwork by members of the New York Artists Circle. Thru Feb. 28.
grey art gallery, 100 Washington Square East. 212-998-6780: THE DOWNTOWN SHOW: THE NEW YORK ART SCENE, 1974-1984. This exhibition features approximately 375 paintings, sculptures, drawings, videos and photographs. The show views downtown as both geography and metaphor, and illuminates how this 10 year period altered the face of American art and culture. Thru April 1.
Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, 526 W. 26th St., Suite 411, bet.10th and 11th Sts. 212-463-8500: EASTERN BOYS AND WESTERN GIRLS, A contemporary art exhibit featuring the works of two young artists, David Shapiro and Ben Weiner. Through watercolor and oil paint, the artists transform debris from the Western cultural subconscious into elegant visions of glam-trash. Thru March 3.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 90 Orchard St., 212-431-0233, www.tenement.org: VISITORS CENTER, Tour carefully restored tenement apartments and learn about the lives of actual past residents. Thru June 14, view "Coming Home," an installation of art work by artist Aresh Javadi and English as a Second Language students that illuminates the concerns of immigrants today.
Merchants House, 29 E. Fourth St, bet Lafayette St. and Bowery, 212-777-1089: In 1944, the Merchant's House was featured in a national publication for the first time when House and Garden Magazine commissioned Samuel H. Gottscho to photograph the interiors for an article in its February issue. The photographs will be on view. Thru Feb. 27.
Morrison Hotel Gallery, 124 Prince St., near Greene St., 212-941-8770: MUSICAL IMAGES OF IRELAND, Never before seen portrait black and white frames capture two generations of working class Irish musicians in County Clare, Ireland. Features concertina, fiddles and pipes. March 16 29.
paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, 525 W. 29th St., 646-613-1252: PAINT | NOT PAINT, Featuring works by Robert Appleton, Joe Fyfe, Gloria Garfinkel, Rafael Sanchez, Lee Whittier and Jo Wood-Brown. Feb. 28 - April 1. Reception will be March 2 from 6 9pm.
Peter blum gallery, 99 Wooster St. 212-343-0441. LINE AND SURFACE, Spanning the period from the 1950s to the present, this exhibition features works on paper by 26 artists. Thru Mar. 25.
Pratt Manhattan Gallery, l144 W. 14 St.: SPEAK - NINE CARTOONISTS, An exhibition that celebrates the current golden age of North American comics with a diverse group of comic book artists represented. Thru Feb. 25.
ricco maresca gallery, 529 West 20th St., 3rd Floor. 212-627-4819: MARC DENNIS: CARAVAGGIOS CAT AND OTHER THINGS UNSEEN, A solo show by New York based artist Marc Dennis whose lavish realism recalls 17th century historical painting , yet his bizarre portraits and still lives are infused with contemporary symbolism and attitude. Opening Reception is Thurs., Feb. 23 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Continues thru April 8.
St. Vincents Hospital, Link Lobby, 170 W. 12th St., COMPASSION, A photography exhibit based on a conceptual and spiritual theme meant to evoke a variety of interpretations that affirm the positive and enduring qualities of life and the human spirit. Works by Professional Women Photographers, Inc., a group that promotes the work of women photographers through exhibition opportunities and educational forums. Thru April 20. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the photographs will benefit St. Vincents Maternal Child services.
Staley Wise Gallery, 560 Broadway. 212-966-6223: WHAT A LIFE! PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE LIFE MAGAZINE ARCHIVES, An exhibition of black and white photographs from the archives of LIFE magazine. The focus of this exhibition is the work that showed the inherent style of LIFE magazines photography. Thru Mar. 11.
80 Washington Square East Galleries, 80 Washington Square East: SMALL WORKS, Show features a variety of works including Button in the Garden of Earthly Delights X by Catya Plate.