Collin van der Sluijs, New Life, 12.6 x 9.4 in (image courtesy of Sugarlift)

Mother and Child Vol. II
Opening Monday, July 15 at 198 Allen Street, 6 pm to 9 pm. One night only.

If you’ve as much as glanced at the news lately, you probably know we have a problem, the kind of problem that involves both children and adults being mistreated and kept in literal cages as politicians essentially look the other way. There are many ways to at least attempt to fight back against this barrage of injustice, one of which is through art. Tonight in the Lower East Side, Colossal and Sugarlift will be presenting a group art show featuring over 50 artists exhibiting works themed around the subject of family. Everything will be for sale (prices start at $100 and go up from there), with 100% of the proceeds will be donated to immigrant right organizations The Young Center, Kids in Need of Defense, and The Florence Project.

Tony Saunders, Dream On (2018,) Acrylic and collage on board, 11” x 14” (image courtesy of Equity Gallery)

Object Oriented
Opening Thursday, July 18 at Equity Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through August 10.

What is art, what is an object, and what is an art object? Even more so, does the distinction even matter? These are some topics Equity Gallery and curator Anne Russinof’s latest group show, aptly titled Object Oriented, is grappling with. While such a theme seems to invite more three-dimensional creations like sculpture, this show predominantly showcases painters. After all, paint gets applied to a vast quantity of items aside from just canvas. Rather than proclaiming art or object, the conclusion is left ambiguous, leaving you to decide for yourself.

(image via @boothgallery / Instagram)

Hell’s Kitchen: A Surreal Summer Show
Opening Thursday, July 18 at Booth Gallery, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through August 31.

On certain days, the summer heat can make it feel like your body is literally melting. Thankfully, climate change hasn’t gotten quite bad enough to make that possible (well, not yet at least), but you can see some similar imaginings at Booth Gallery’s latest group show, which is all about surrealism. This particularly brand of surreal leans more in the body horror direction (and sometimes just plain horror) so expect to be entranced by organs nestled amongst floral bouquets, eyeballs everywhere but the places you’d expect, and yes, faces that may as well be melting from this humidity.