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New York Is Back: Nicola Vassell and Ming Smith Celebrate Gallery Opening

On May 20, an intimate crowd celebrated the opening of Nicola Vassell Gallery in New York's Chelsea neighborhood with a party and dinner hosted by Creator House.

Liza Mullett

05.21.2021

 
Gallerist Nicola Vassell. Photography by Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com.
 

On May 20, art whisperer Nicola Vassell inaugurated her new Chelsea gallery with the opening of Ming Smith: Evidence. The exhibition, Smith’s first New York opening in over four years, features photographs from throughout the artist’s fifty-year career. Evidence captures surreal landscapes and kinetic street scenes with rare silver gelatin and archival prints. Vassell, Smith and friends celebrated the launch of one of few Black-owned art galleries in New York with an intimate dinner hosted by Creator House, a new cultural center in The Space at Flatiron by WeWork.

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Ming Smith and Nicola Vassell. Photography by Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com.
Ming Smith and Nicola Vassell. Photography by Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com.
Sheree Hovsepian, Hank Willis Thomas, Rashid Johnson, Rich Dennis, Tschabalala Self and Stefan Bondell. Photography by David X. Prutting/BFA.com.
Sheree Hovsepian, Hank Willis Thomas, Rashid Johnson, Rich Dennis, Tschabalala Self and Stefan Bondell. Photography by David X. Prutting/BFA.com.
Antwaun Sargent, JiaJia Fei and Sherry Bronfman. Photography by David X. Prutting/BFA.com.
Antwaun Sargent, JiaJia Fei and Sherry Bronfman. Photography by David X. Prutting/BFA.com.
Sean Lyles and Suhayb Zarroug. Photography by Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com.
Sean Lyles and Suhayb Zarroug. Photography by Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com.
Sarah Hoover and Kennedy Yanko. Photography by David X. Prutting/BFA.com.
Sarah Hoover and Kennedy Yanko. Photography by David X. Prutting/BFA.com.
Isiah Magsino. Photography by Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com.
Isiah Magsino. Photography by Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com.
Karen Wong, Marcus Jahmal and Alexandra Rashuan. Photography by David X. Prutting/BFA.com.
Karen Wong, Marcus Jahmal and Alexandra Rashuan. Photography by David X. Prutting/BFA.com.
Devin Blacksher and Lamicah Hughbanks. Photography by Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com.
Devin Blacksher and Lamicah Hughbanks. Photography by Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com.
Heather Stevens and Koraya Fay. Photography by Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com.
Heather Stevens and Koraya Fay. Photography by Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com.
Antwaun Sargent (center) and JiaJia Fei. Photography by David X Prutting/BFA.com.
Antwaun Sargent (center) and JiaJia Fei. Photography by David X Prutting/BFA.com.