CHELSEA — Gallery season is about to go into full swing, with many curators and artists in the neighborhood readying their installations to open after Labor Day. Even though many galleries were located in the mandatory evacuation zone during Hurricane Irene, none have delayed their openings as a result. Here's some of the exhibitions opening up next week:
The Pleasure of Slowness
Fifteen artists have contributed video, photography, sculpture and more in this celebration of Milan Kundera's novel Slowness at the Bertrand Delacroix Gallery (535 W. 25th St). The exhibition will also feature a reading group to discuss the novel every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. during its run. "The Pleasure of Slowness" runs from Sept. 8 to Oct. 8.
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Where Does the Dust Itself Collect?
Chinese artist Xu Bing's exhibit, which has toured around Europe, gets its New York debut at the Spinning Wheel Building (5 W. 22nd St.). The exhibit uses dust Xu collected from the streets of lower Manhattan after 9/11, spread across the floor and engraved with a Chan Buddhist poem. The installation runs from Sept. 8 to Oct. 9.
Bronx • Brooklyn • Queens
Tim Okamura brings a collection of life-sized portraits to the Lyons Wier Gallery (542 W. 24th St.) The works all focus on the raw beauty of New York women in the three titular boroughs. Okamura's first solo exhibition in New York focuses on what he calls the "queens" of the boroughs in each painting.