An Evening With Muses
Opening Wednesday, December 18 at Ace Hotel New York, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through December 20.

Whether it’s a ticketed drink and draw event, a university art class, or a 1-on-1 arrangement, the IRL relationship between artist and model is alive and well these days, though it’s still usually more of a private affair. But on Wednesday, art models Najee and Ume will take to the Ace Hotel to pull back the curtain for all to see with the exhibition An Evening With Muses, which is based on a live drawing series they held at The Ace’s restaurant. On view will be work created in those live sessions, showcasing the many different ways that artist can represent muse. And to show you how it all happens, there will also be a live drawing presentation.

(image via Dacia Galeria / Facebook)

Dacia Gallery Holiday Exhibition
Opening Thursday, December 19 at Dacia Gallery, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through January 4.

Tis the season for holiday events. Holiday parties with open bars, holiday dinners with family and friends, holiday performances, the list goes on. The art world is doing it too—on Thursday, LES space Dacia Gallery is opening a holiday exhibition that’ll be on view just past the new year, featuring work by a group of contemporary artists. Many of the show’s 20 artists will be present at the opening reception, which features an artist talk and doubles as the gallery’s holiday party. That kind of multitasking is something I can get behind.

Ranee Henderson, I couldn’t tell you what’s what, 2018 (image via Rubber Factory)

Opening Thursday, December 19 at Rubber Factory, 6 pm to 8 pm. 

Inspired by Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Lower East Side gallery Rubber Factory’s latest exhibition is a group show about resilience in increasingly trying times. Butler’s novel was science fiction when it was written, but its tale of climate disaster and income inequality sure feels real today. The exhibition’s 10 artists work in a variety of mediums from photography to abstract mixed media and beyond, and are able to tackle these rich themes using a wide array of interpretations. Sure, it will all be nice to look at, but work like this also has the power to inspire new ways of approaching life, ways that will likely be of use to us as the line between Butler’s stories and reality continues to thin.