Leonard Suryajaya, Good Neighbors, 2018; Courtesy of the artist, © Leonard Suryajaya (image via Aperture Foundation / Facebook)

Delirious Cities
Opening Thursday, July 25 at Aperture Foundation, 7 pm to 8:30 pm. On view through August 29.

The theme for this year’s Aperture Summer Open exhibition is all about cities, as you may have guessed, but specifically, it’s about ways to use the photographic image to illustrate the ways in which a city is diverse. Featuring 23 artists from around the world, the spread of photos predictably runs the gamut. Using their lenses and more, these photographers reveal the many types of people, religions, outfits, urban design schemes, food, and even animals that can be found in various urban centers worldwide. Hey, it’s cheaper than a plane ticket.

(image courtesy of Ace Hotel)

Hatchers Stories with Debbie Baxter
Opening Friday, July 26 at Ace Hotel New York, 7 pm to 10 pm. One night only.

You’re not usually supposed to touch the art in an exhibition, unless you want to take a fun trip out of the gallery forever. But on Friday at the Ace Hotel, you’re welcome to not only touch the art, but crawl all the way inside it. Portland-based artist Debbie Baxter will be setting up one of her “human sized nests” in the hotel’s lobby, and visitors are welcome to be cradled by what does truly look like a very large bird’s nest. In addition to this, there will be portraits on view by Baxter, and a dance, drum, and vocal performance by Bernadette Pleasant and Elana Bell.

Brian Keith Stephens, “Because the sky is blue,” oil on canvas, 20″ x 28″ (image courtesy of Hugo Galerie)

Pool Party
Opening Saturday, July 27 at Hugo Galerie, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through August 11.

Some people need no reason at all to go to the beach—given the free time, they’re off to the sand and the spray. Others need a little more convincing, which is fair because sometimes it does take a while to get there. For the undecided, perhaps Brian Keith Stephens’s newest solo show at Hugo Galerie will give you the push you need to get out there and beach your heart out, or maybe sneak into a pool somewhere or do one of those Central Park boat things. Stephens’s paintings are soft and dreamy portrayals of summer fun, mixing realistic scenes of nautical activities with more surreal visions, like an innertube-clad woman atop a huge whale, making it feel like anything is possible when the sun is shining.