(image via The Living Gallery Outpost / Facebook)

BYO Art
Opening Tuesday, July 30 at The Living Gallery Outpost, 7 pm to 9 pm. One night only.

While art space The Living Gallery originally started in Bushwick, it has since expanded to a smaller outpost location in the East Village. To celebrate that space’s two-year anniversary, the gallery will be hosting one of their signature “BYO Art” nights, which are exactly what they sound like. Rather than entering into a space where some elite artists has their work on display, BYO Art welcomes anyone who makes art to bring a piece and hang it on the walls. There’s a $10 suggested donation, but any sales made will go directly to the artists in full.

(image via nyssa / Facebook)

The Beginning and The End
Opening Thursday, August 1 at Little Skips, 7 pm to 10 pm. On view through August 31.

In case you hadn’t heard the news, longtime Bushwick coffee shop Little Skips will be closing their main location on Willoughby Avenue at the end of August due to their rent being doubled. However, they’re not going out quietly. Little Skips has hosted music shows, open mics, and art exhibits over the years, and their last art show will be Nyssa Frank’s aptly-titled exhibition The Beginning and The End. Frank is no stranger to small businesses—she owns The Living Gallery a short walk away—and will be unveiling her multidisciplinary work in a multidisciplinary fashion, with a night of performance and music by fellow local artists.

(image via Richard Taittinger Gallery / Facebook)

Fraaaandship!
Opening Thursday, August 1 at Richard Taittinger Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through September 2.

This exhibition marks “desi-pop” artist Maria Qamar’s first solo show in the city, but you may have already seen her work on your phone—her Instagram, @hatecopy, has nearly 170,000 followers. Her work has also been praised by the likes of Mindy Kaling and has appeared on the walls and menus of various Indian restaurants, landing her a recent profile in Bon Appétit. Qamar’s art is reminiscent of a modern Lichtenstein or Warhol, using the bold and colorful norms of pop art to ruminate upon her identity as a South Asian woman, usually in a humorous and eye-catching fashion. Now, you have the chance to see her creations in a gallery setting, which explores friendship in all its iterations, from creepy men online to genuine pals in the real world.