(image by John Paul Evans, via Soho Photo Gallery / Facebook)

Photography After Stonewall
Opening Tuesday, June 4 at Soho Photo Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through June 29.

As I’m sure you’ve heard (and if you haven’t, you might want to broaden the types of media you consume), it’s the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots this year, and it’s Pride month. Events commemorating this historic milestone can be found pretty much everywhere you look, including at the Soho Photo Gallery, which will be showing creative photography works from 23 living artists making work about queerness today. The pieces on view include portraits, abstract works, documentations of romance and love, images that have more of an editorial flair, and more.

“IRL: Investigating Reality” Exhibit Artwork by Grace Graupe Pillard, Katie Commodore, Robin Tewes, The Untitled Space Gallery, New York – June, 2019

IRL: Investigating Reality
Opening Thursday, June 6 at The Untitled Space, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through June 21.

It seems almost trite at this point to proclaim about how online we all are nowadays, but it is also simply true. Algorithms watch over us like hawks, websites deliver us basic necessities, memes shape our senses of humor, and social media broadcasts curated versions of human beings for all to see. This is mostly fine—I, a noted Internet Lover, am the last person who should be lamenting that the internet was a mistake—but it’s certainly worth thinking a little extra about. IRL: Investigating Reality, a group show of 46 artists at Tribeca’s Untitled Space, seeks to do just that. The artists, working in a variety of mediums, will be exploring the contrasts between what people broadcast digitally and what the “IRL” truth is, as well as what happens when these two worlds intersect.

(image via happylucky no.1)

Power to the God Within
Opening Thursday, June 6 at happylucky no.1, 7 pm. On view through July 7.

Jojo Abot is the type of artist one might describe as a multi-hyphenate. Her exhibition, opening this Thursday at Crown Heights art space happylucky no.1, doubles as a release for her third EP. The exhibition itself is multidisciplinary, containing painting, film, photography, sculpture, sound, and textiles to explore notions of consciousness, spirituality, and the connection between living and nonliving entities. That’s not all—on five different occasions (including the evening of the opening), the Ghanian artist will be presenting performances based on her experiences with both the gallery and its surrounding neighborhood of Crown Heights.