Best New Gallery

Everyone knows little Blackbird Studios has the coolest shows, offering the best and most dynamic artwork, a place that stands at the new core of a growing downtown arts community. But it’s the themed solo and group exhibits where Blackbird absolutely sings, from Cristina Paulos’ awesome display of portraits to the comic book-crazed Tales From the Boneyard—not to mention the current Gia Ray-led collaboration Rumors of an American Housewife, which deconstructs the notion of women as homemakers. Blackbird founder Gina Quaranto is a total pro.