With President Trump’s threat to cut National Endowment for the Arts, us art buffs have got to stand fast with love and support. Here is a list of openings this week to kick off February with a big hoorah.

  1. Paul Mpagi Sepuya

“Figures, Grounds and Studies”

Opening Feb 2. from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

On View Thu Feb 02 – Sat Mar 18

Yancey Richardson Gallery | 525 W 22nd St

Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s “Figures, Grounds and Studies” presents a voyeuristic wonderland through his charmingly distorted photographs. Versed in photographing portraiture, Sepuya captures fragmented images of homoerotic desires—nude, intermingled torsos and hauntingly alluring gazes of his male sitters. With friends, lovers and close artists among his muses, Sepuya invites us to the elusive yet compelling vision of his very own queer community.

  1. Bea Fremderman

“How To Do Nothing With Nobody All Alone By Yourself”           

Opening Feb. 2 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

On View Thu Feb 02 – Sun Feb 26

Shoot The Lobster | 138 Eldridge Street

According to Bea Fremderman, the end of the world is “our ideological baggage,” which we know is coming at a faster speed than ever—hello President Trump, global climate change is real. Fremderman’s “How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone By Yourself” shows a glimpse of a post-apocalyptic world. Scared? Well, don’t be. Fremderman’s installation is an amalgamation of grotesque yet absolutely enchanting objects like moss-growing jeans, sewed up oranges and crumpled newspaper bricks. Dystopia becomes you, Fremderman.

  1. Steve Wolfe

“Remembering Steve”

Opening Feb 3. from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

On View Sat Mar 04 – Sat Mar 11

Luhring Augustine  | 531 West 24th Street

Luhring Augustine pays homage to the master of Pop, Steve Wolfe. Wolfe is famously known for recreating iconic pieces of literature, music and visual art of the 20th century. Broken records and frayed books come back to life through his craft: think recreations of The Beatles records or J.D Salinger’s Nine Stories. And if you thought his works are the actual objects, think twice. Every book cover with all its endearing cracks and tears are individually drawn, tricking our perception of reality and fiction.

For more exciting and inspiring shows to show your love for the arts, see other openings listed below!

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Header Image: Self-portrait Study with Two Figures (1506), 2015, Archival Pigment Print, 80 x 60 in. Courtesy of Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Yancey Richardson Gallery.