Stigma Unbound: The Birthday Party
Opening Thursday, November 29 at Wild Embeddings, 6 pm to 11 pm. On view through December 4.
Stigma Unbound, a performance series dedicated to giving a platform to sex workers and allies, is celebrating their first birthday with an art exhibit and a week of special programming. They’re kicking it off with an opening reception that will presumably not look like any typical gallery opening filled with fancy people furrowing their brows at paintings while daintily sipping small plastic cups of free wine. Rather, this will be more of a party, with drag, burlesque, and performance art to accompany the visual art on display from 20+ artists working in multiple mediums. It costs $10 to get in, but remember you’re supporting local marginalized creators here, not a big fancy gallery catering to the rich. If you can’t make the opening, later in the week they’re doing body art presentations, artist talks, and a pole dance night.
Art To Go: A Benefit for Make the Road New York
Opening Friday, November 30 at Transmitter, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through December 16.
In the city, sporting some kind of tote bag is almost as common as wearing clothes. That’s why it’s a fitting object to serve as centerpiece for Transmitter’s art exhibition fundraiser benefitting immigrant advocacy group Make the Road New York. The show functions like a regular art show, with an opening reception and typical viewing hours and whatnot, but all the works on view will utilize Transmitter’s so-called “iconic” tote bag, whether that’s just modifying the bag’s design or using it in a more creative way for a large piece. All these container-centric creations will be selling for $150, and a portion of sales will benefit Make the Road. So, if you’re going to drop $100+ on something this holiday season, it might as well be for a good cause.
From Beneath the Veil
Opening Sunday, December 2 at Saint Vitus, 6 pm to 10 pm. One night only.
Sure, Halloween was all the way back in October, which technically was only a month or so ago but with the way this year is going it may as well be ten months. If your craving for all things spooky, dark, and witchy still persists after Turkey Day, get thee to Saint Vitus, where a one-night-only art show by Dark Art & Craft will be unfolding Sunday night. The exhibit focuses on showcasing women, nonbinary, and other underrepresented artists, and the work will get goth-y, folks: expect photos, embroidery, jewelry, drawings, and more featuring skulls, pentagrams, devil horns, mysterious woods, candles, ghostly figures, and of course, color palettes awash with plenty of blacks, greys, and reds.