Last night, I had the opportunity to attend my first art exhibit opening in an art gallery. I jumped on the chance, feeling very Carrie Bradshaw, very New York. The opening was at CUE Art Foundation.* I’ve never been to a gallery before – only museums – so I was really excited to get my culture on in this very quintessential New York way.
So here’s what I knew going in:
The artist: Beverly Fishman (Detroit), exhibit curated by artist Nick Cave. The exhibit: DOSE.
Here’s what I learned when I got there:
DOSE would be abstract creations of wood panels, painted with both matte and glossy automotive paints (cool connection to the Detroit culture). All of the pieces in the exhibit are meant to represent pharmaceuticals: the marketing, conditions and pills themselves.
And your favorite part…here’s what was on my mind:
- I’m at an art gallery drinking wine in heels. I feel so sophisticated.
- …but where are all the chic New Yorkers?
- There are no dark corners for lurking.
Love Actually reference.
- I really like this piece! So bright and pretty. Of course, it’s the Anxiety one.
- Oh look, lots of people here now.
- All of these people here are so friendly. Could be a cool way to meet people/network.
- “That’s amazing/incredible/so cool” I’ve said those a combination of 43 times. Say something else, Jessica.
- Am I allowed to take pictures?
- I’m really loving this glossy coral color.
- Okay, met the artist, the curator, staff…saw the art, glass is empty. I’m out.
- No matter what, no matter how hard I try, there is just some art I will never understand.
Needless to say, I’m totally inexperienced in this whole gallery exhibit opening thing. That’s not to say I won’t go back, or that I don’t recommend you giving it a shot. You definitely should! Next time I hear of an opening I want to attend (because obviously I feel like I’m in that circuit now), I’ll tweet so you’ll know and can come too!
*CUE Art Foundation is a super small non-profit gallery space located on West 25th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. The single-floor, high-ceiling, brightly lit becomes home to contemporary exhibits such as Beverly’s…artists who deserve more recognition, guided and curated by artists with ample recognition. The small staff/board is friendly and entirely knowledgeable – ask them anything about the exhibits present and past and they’re willing to help! For information on when you can visit the gallery, click here. For a schedule of their current and upcoming events, click here.