Last week, Gia Seo curated a one-night-only exhibition at Niagara Bar in New York's East Village titled "ThankYou," featuring work by James Evans, SmurfoAntwan Duncan, Fernando Ruiz, and Galen DeKemper​. In discussing the show and the pieces she selected, Seo told Opening Ceremony, "There was something about all of the pieces that the artists showed me when I first met them that I thought would come together well in a cohesive show. I don’t know how cohesive it was," she added, "but it was interesting to see​."

Evans' paintings, Smurfo's graffiti, Ruiz's drawings, DeKemper's zines, and the other work in the show combined to form what Opening Ceremony says "accurately represented the juxtapositions of city life in all its forms." Seo gave a little more insight into the name of the exhibition in a statement:

I curated Thankyou to recognize four different types of people that without fail have been integral in shaping the way I view New York. There is Smurfo, a born and raised New York entity who is proud in his impressive world but quick to hide behind his medium. There is also Fernando, a quiet curator of his own work, never too eager but always open to exploring the inkling of a page. Antwan once told me "Fear is pretend, it has no substantial standing unless you pedestal it," a sentiment that is embodied in both his persona as well as his work. Then there is James, a brooding character with immense imagination written into his body language and displayed in his every day being. I am proud to present these four seemingly disparate personalities, all with their own unique mediums, together as a cohesive thank you.

Check out some of Patrick Spears' photos from the event to get an idea of what went down.

Image via Patrick Spears / Opening Ceremony
Image via Patrick Spears / Opening Ceremony
Image via Patrick Spears / Opening Ceremony
Image via Patrick Spears / Opening Ceremony
Image via Patrick Spears / Opening Ceremony
Image via Patrick Spears / Opening Ceremony