Exhibitions:

Note: This list does not include other artist's solo exhibits arranged and produced by John Nikolai when working in the role of curator.

Current exhibitions:  

FACES, FAITH, AND FATE: 50 PORTRAITS BY JOHN GONQUIN NIKOLAI

Nikolai's first exhibit in Maine with none other than MS. FUR DIXON performing a set at the opening reception on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 6:30pm!!!

October 13 - November 28, 2015

at HOUSE OF FRAMES, 863 Broadway, South Portland, Maine. www.houseofframes.me

Past exhibitions:  

SPRINGTIME SURGE!

A group exhibit

June 19, 2015 until October 9, 2015

at Rivington Music Rehearsal Studios

188 Stanton Street; NYC

 

(S)HE IS STILL HER(E)

A group exhibit

 

October 10, 2014 until several months later

at Rivington Music Rehearsal Studios

188 Stanton Street; NYC

 

PRAISE THE LORD!

A group exhibit featuring the work of:

Gaye Black

Fur Dixon

David Fair

Jad Fair

Patti Hudson

Heather Jean

Thery Mislick

John Nikolai

Patti Smith

December 2013 - February 15, 2014

at JP ART MARKET

36 South Street

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

HUH?

A group exhibit featuring the work of:

Gaye Black

Blake Brasher

Jad Fair

Patti Hudson

John Nikolai

Patti Smith

Amy Toxic

Curated by John Gonquin Nikolai

October 2013

at JP ART MARKET

36 South Street

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

CHANGED

Following the return of the HANGED exhibition after nearly 8 years, a group show featuring some of that group show's artists plus some other great artists:

VIPER the parrot

JOHNNYV

PATTI SMITH

CHRISTOPHER PENNOCK

JOHN NIKOLAI

BRETT MACFADDEN

JON LANGFORD

DANIEL JOHNSTON

HEATHER JEAN

PATTI HUDSON

GODLIS

JAD FAIR

DAVID FAIR

CHRISTINA DELAINE COSTALAS

BRANDY DeCAN'TER

GAYE BLACK

CAITLIN ARMITAGE

Curated by John Gonquin Nikolai

April 2013

at JP ART MARKET

36 South Street

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

 

HANGED

The return of the HANGED exhibition after nearly 8 years featuring artwork by:

VAMPIRA / MAILA NURMI

PATTI SMITH

CHRISTOPHER PENNOCK

JOHN NIKOLAI

JON LANGFORD

DANIEL JOHNSTON

PATTI HUDSON

JAD FAIR

DAVID FAIR

GAYE BLACK

Curated by John Regrette Nikolai

February 28 - March 31, 2013

at JP ART MARKET

36 South Street

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Sales Gaspillée!

A one-day, first anniversary group exhibit featuring work by all the artists whose work has been featured in past Sales Gaspillée! exhibitions.

 

February 1, 2012; 5pm - 12am

 


The Irish Pol
45 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

Sales Gaspillée!

A one-day, three-artist group exhibit featuring work by Amanda Lynn McCarty, John Nikolai and Zack Traum.

 

April 6, 2012; 5 - 10pm

 


The Irish Pol
45 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

UNTITLED

UNTITLED

January 14 - 31, 2012

A group photography exhibit at MIT (Building W20, the 2nd floor, The MIT Stratton Student Center at 84 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts.) featuring work by:

Gleb Akselrod

Liv Gold

Greg Kuperman

Thery Mislick

Sebastian Neumayer

John Regrette Nikolai

Ta-Chung Ong

Manohar Srikanth

DAMMIT!

An Exhibition of photos celebrating 35 years anarchy, chaos and destruction from THE DAMNED! At MIT! December 1 - 17, 2011; on the 2nd floor of W-20, The MIT Stratton Student Center at 84 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Closing Reception:

Friday, Dec. 16th from 7 - 9pm

In October 2011, John Nikolai and his MIT Street Photography class members Gleb Akselrod, Greg Kuperman, Sebastian Neumayer and Ying Rock Song plus class alumni Despoina Chatzikyriakou and Wesley Graybill photographed two different shows by UK punk legends THE DAMNED on their 35th anniversary tour. The exhibit, approved by The Damned themselves and featuring text written for the show by current and past members of The Damned including Captain Sensible, Stu West, Monty Oxymoron, Patricia Morrison, Pinch, Alan Lee Shaw and Spike T. Smith will feature photos of those shows plus some of Nikolai's images of The Damned from years gone by. The photo exhibit will hang at MIT from December 1 - 17, 2011. Come to the closing reception at MIT on Friday, December 16, 2011 from 7 - 9pm, DAMMIT!

RAISING SPIRITS

An Exhibition of Street and Live Music Photos

Featuring the work of:

GLEB AKSELROD

NATHAN JONES

GREG KUPERMAN

THERY MISLICK, SEB NEUMAYER

JOHN NIKOLAI

TA-CHUNG ONG

YING ROCK SONG

MANOHAR SRIKANTH

December 16 - 31, 2011; on the 2nd floor of W-20, The MIT Stratton Student Center at 84 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Phoenix and Other Works in Parallel Dimensions

 

An exhibition of paintings, sculptures and photographs including stereoscopic images.

MAY 1 - MAY 15, 2011 at the J.P. Art Market in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

36 South Street

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, May 4th, 6-8pm.

   

HERE TODAY,

GONE TOMORROW

* ONE DAY ONLY - Sunday, January 30, 2011

from noon to 10pm.

Nikolai's first mixed media solo exhibition since 2007. There will be no opening or closing reception (no band, no wine and no zebra cakes), just the artwork and Nikolai removing and adding different paintings, photos and sculptures as the day progresses. Not entirely a solo exhibit, collaborative pieces will include a painting done with Patricia Morrison (his beautiful cousin, formerly of The Damned, The Sisters of Mercy, The Gun Club and other great bands) and a painting done with Nikolai's feline sons, Bela Lugosi and Ouzo (who he bribed with sushi to work with him).

@ The Arcade; MIT's Stratton Student Center; 1st floor of 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Massachusetts

FAITHFUL DEPARTED

A memorial tribute show dedicated to the memory of some of the men and women who Nikolai has photographed over the years who are no longer among us.

@ The Arcade; MIT's Stratton Student Center; 1st floor of 84 Massachusetts Ave. (next to the convenience store), Cambridge, Massachusetts

January 17, 2011 - January 29, 2011

An exhibition of street photos by the students of John Nikolai's Fall 2010 Street Photography class at MIT.

@ The Wiesner Gallery; MIT Student Center; 2nd floor of 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Massachusetts

Hangs throughout December 2010

An exhibition of street photos by the students of John Nikolai's Summer 2010 Street Photography class at MIT - Melis Anahtar, Aileen Charleston, Edward K. Chung, Hoda Eydgahi, Florence Gallez, Yasemin Gokce, Chewie LIn, Yin Ren, and Logan Williams.

@ The Wiesner Gallery; MIT Student Center; 2nd floor of 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Massachusetts

Hangs throughout August 2010

Opening reception: August 5, 2009 from 7 - 9pm

with live music from Peter Whincop

SCHOOL OF THE STREETS

An exhibition of street photos by the students of John Nikolai's Summer 2009 Street Photography class at MIT - David Appleyard, Liv Gold, Ta-Chung Ong, Alex Reben - with Kat Wong (a former student of Nikolai's from his Rock 'n' Roll Institute of Technology photo class at MIT.

@ The Wiesner Gallery; MIT Student Center; 2nd floor of 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Massachusetts

November 1 - November 30, 2009

Opening reception: November 19, 2009 from 7 - 9:30pm

with live music from THE BEACHCOMBOVERS

(featuring Thomas White Trash of Unnatural Axe( at 8pm!

METROPOLIS APOCALYPSE

A kickass group exhibition curated by Johnny V, Judy Sim and Chris (of Iconocide).

@ Supreme Trading, 213 North 8 Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

October 9 - October 31, 2008

Check out the Metropolis Apocalypse's myspace page. This show features dozens of artists (see list in lower graphic). Photos from the opening reception on October 9, 2008 can be seen here.

"Feeling Lucky?" starring Alison Little and, as the white rabbit. Removed from a Nikolai solo show at ZuZu by the venue for being too explicit, this piece and others were welcomed into a group show at The JP Art Market after Nikolai cancelled the ZuZu show this had been a part of.

UNTITLED

A group exhibition at The JP Art Market

@ The JP Art Market

36 South Street

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

617-522-1729

August 4 - August 28, 2007

The show features the artwork of:

John Steck Jr., Steven Bacon, Renee Rives, Kristen Pulcifer, Tyshawn Taylor and John E. Coli Nikolai

The day that Nikolai removed his exhibit "ASK YOUR MOM HOW MUCH I ROCK" from where it was showing at ZuZu in Cambridge, Massachusetts after the venue removed 8 pieces of work from the show that they deemed too offensive to show at their establishment, Nikolai moved some of the core pieces of the exhibit into an already-in-progress group show at The JP Art Market, a great gallery he always hoped to show in. He wishes to thank the gallery's owner, Patti Hudson, for showing the artwork that ZuZu was unwilling to show.

 

 

"ASK YOUR MOM

HOW MUCH I ROCK"

SHOW DISMEMBERED DUE TO THE REMOVAL OF 8 PIECES OF ART BY THE VENUE DUE TO IT BEING DEEMED OFFENSIVE OR OBJECTIONAL TO VIEWERS. ON AUGUST 13, 2007, NIKOLAI REMOVED THE SHOW FROM ZUZU AS HE FELT THE OVERALL ATTITUDE AND IMPACT OF TH THE EXHIBIT HAD BEEN DILUTED AND COMPROMISED BY THE MANAGEMENT'S REMOVAL OF CERTAIN KEY PIECES OF HIS ARTWORK. SELECTED PIECES FROM THE SHOW HAVE BEEN MOVED STRAIGHT INTO A GROUP EXHIBITION IN PROGRESS AT

THE J.P. ART MARKET. SEE DETAILS ABOVE.

What happened??? Click here or here for the press' explanations.

@ ZuZu!

August 5 - September 1, 2007...NO, make that August 5 - August 13, 2007.

OPENING RECEPTION:

Monday, August 6, 2007 from 8:30-Midnight at ZuZu! UNNATURAL AXE rocked the reception.

474 Mass. Ave; Cambridge, Massachusetts

A BENEFIT FOR BELA LUGOSI, NIKOLAI'S YOUNGEST CAT

"Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipebomb"

A benefit for Bela Lugosi, Nikolai's youngest cat

@ ZuZu!

May 5 - June 4, 2007

OPENING RECEPTION: May 27, 2007 from 7-9pm at ZuZu!

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Newsflash - 4 days before the opening reception for this show, Nikolai has announced that the exhibit is now a benefit show for his Bela Lugosi, his youngest cat and baby, who has been diagnosed as being in the early stages of kidney failure. All money generated by the sale of artwork in this exhibit will go towards Bela's healthcare and future medical bills.

Nikolai's first solo show since 2005 finds him back at ZuZu, his favorite place to show in Cambridge, after only having shown there a month earlier. Once again ZuZu found itself without an art exhibit after someone cancelled at the last minute and Nikolai stepped in to fill the void. (Sort of) named after a Magritte painting, Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipebomb (or, in English, "This Is Not A Pipebomb") is a show that features many of Nikolai's more surreal and/or sensual photos, including some of his rarely-seen early work and two paintings he's never exhibited before. "I'd Give My Stripes To Fuck You," Nikolai's infrared photo of a zebra trying to fuck a giraffe in Mexico City, is back at ZuZu again after appearing there in "4-Day Hangover" (see below).

 

"4-DAY HANGOVER"

An exhibition of works by Asa Brebner, Jon Strymish and John E. Coli Nikolai

@ ZuZu!

March 9 - March 31, 2007

Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

An exhibit organized by Nikolai on EXTREMELY short notice in which he's lucky enough to once again exhibit with Asa Brebner and Jon Strymish. The show came together in a total of four days and, as the three men have shown together before in the last HUNG exhibition, this show was christened "4-Day Hangover." The show features the 3-D sculpture/paintings of Asa Brebner (www.asabrebner.net), the photography of Jon Strymish (www.strymish.net) and never-before shown-in-New England works by Nikolai (mostly paintings).

"Max's Kansas City Project presents a Punk Rock Exhibition"

A charitable auction and reunion party

@ Gibson/Baldwin Showrooms, 421 West 54th Street, NYC

Thursday, December 14, 2006

 

The exhibit features the up-for-auction artwork of John Waters, John Nikolai, Jayne County, Godlis, Marcia Resnick and others. Jayne County will perform as well as Ricket Rivets (ex-NY Dolls) Band and others. Doors are 6:30 for the auction. Auction and show are $75 and the show only is $40.

 

"Run(a)way Bride"

AKA "The Bride I Am Denied"

 

"Sex, Death, Rock 'n' Bones"

A group exhibition curated by CBGB

@ CBGB 313 Gallery, 313 Bowery, NYC

March 13 - April 14, 2006

Opening reception: March 15, 2006

The show features the artwork of:

Janette Beckman, Erin Finley, Stephanie Crabe, Nikki Johnson, Patty Heffley, John E. Coli Nikolai, Deems, Morgan Rankin, Deacon Von Haze, Christopher Mealie

 

Above :Hilly Kristal hanging out at CBGB, 1997

"HUNG"

CBGB's 32nd Anniversary Art Show

A group exhibition curated by John Nikolai featuring the work of kickass rock 'n' roll artists. The second coming of HUNG!

@ CBGB 313 Gallery, 313 Bowery, NYC

November 27, 2005 - January 6, 2005

Opening reception: Wednesday November 30th, 6pm with special appearances by Godlis, John Holmstrom, Arturo Vega, Roberta Bayley and Leee Black Childers talking about their work. Other special guests TBA. *UPDATE: The reception was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who came. Arturo Vega was unable to speak due to not feeling well and Asa Brebner was added to the speakers at the last minute.

For photos of HUNG at CBGB and from the reception, click here.

 


 

 

Above: Arturo Vega, Artistic Director of The Ramones

 

"HUNG"

@ The Gallery of Club Passim

July 4 - September 24, 2005

An exhibition of art by rocker/artists, HUNG was curated by John Nikolai and includes work by:

Arturo Vega (Artistic Director of the Ramones; www.Ramonesworld.com)

Bunni (The Boston pinup photographer)

Cynthia Plaster Caster (Cynthia's plaster casts of rock royalty's penises and breasts are known worldwide. To the curator's dismay, Club Passim banned Cynthia's piece of Jimi Hendrix from the regular HUNG exhibition but allowed it to be shown at the kick ass opening reception on the 25th of July. Except for that day, an empty frame has hung in the gallery in place of the piece as a gesture of support and respect for Ms. Plaster Caster and her work. Visit her online at www.CynthiaPlasterCaster.com)

David Fair (New papercutouts from the founding member of Half Japanese and other essential musical outlets who wrote the definitive essay on how to play guitar)

Dee Dee Ramone (His paintings are punk rock on canvas)

Godlis (Legendary photographer of the NY scene; www.Godlis.com)

Jad Fair (New papercutouts and paintings from the prolific Mr. Fair, founder of Half Japanese and countless other crucial musical collaborations and projects, www.jadfair.com)

Jayne County (The legendary Ms. County exhibits her paintings and drawings for the first time anywhere ever! www.jaynecounty.com)

John Holmstrom (Head honcho and founder of PUNK Magazine)

John Nikolai (The curator and the disease behind HUNG shows some new paintings and photos; www.Official-John-Nikolai.com)

Jon Langford (Paintings of country music icons and more from the frontman of The Mekons and The Waco Brothers; http://www.mekons.de/yarddog/index.htm)

Jon Strymish (Veteran photographer of Boston's music scene; www.Strymish.net)

Knox (The frontman of The Vibrators shows his paintings in the USA for the first time ever; www.knox76.com/Kpaintings1.html )

Niagara (Paintings never before exhibited in Boston by the frontwoman of Destroy and Monsters and Dark Carnival, www.Niagaradetroit.com)

 

The opening reception was on July 25, 2005 and featured talks by and audience Q&A with Arturo Vega, Godlis and John Holmstrom. It was the biggest, best-attended art opening Club Passim has ever had. Oldschool Boston punk heroes Unnatural Axe played a scorching set at the reception. To take a virtual tour of the show, click here.

Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

 

Above: Jayne County & Dee Dee Ramone, NYC, late 1990s.

Above: The unreasonably talented Jon Langford.

 

"HANGED"

Check out the online gallery of the second installment of the two-part group exhibition produced by John Nikolai featuring the artwork of rocker artists. Exhibiting artists in part two, "HANGED," included:

Arturo Vega (Artistic Director of the Ramones; www.Ramonesworld.com)

Bunni (The Boston pinup photographer)

Cynthia Plaster Caster (Cynthia's plaster casts of rock royalty's penises and breasts are known worldwide. Although her cast of Jimi Hendrix's axe is banned from the Club Passim exhibit by the management, The Zeitgeist Gallery has no problems with displaying Cynthia's cast of Peaches' breasts. Visit Ms. Plaster Caster online at www.CynthiaPlasterCaster.com))

David Fair (New papercutouts from the founding member of Half Japanese and other essential musical outlets who wrote the definitive essay on how to play guitar)

Dee Dee Ramone (His paintings are punk rock on canvas)

Godlis (Legendary photographer of the NY scene; www.Godlis.com)

Jad Fair (New papercutouts and paintings from the prolific Mr. Fair, founder of Half Japanese and countless other crucial musical collaborations and projects, www.jadfair.com)

Jayne County (The legendary Ms. County exhibits her paintings and drawings for the first time anywhere ever! www.jaynecounty.com)

John Holmstrom (Head honcho and founder of PUNK Magazine)

John Nikolai (The Curator and the disease behind "HANGED" shows some new paintings and photos; www.Official-John-Nikolai.com)

Jon Langford (Paintings of country music icons and more from the frontman of The Mekons and The Waco Brothers; http://www.mekons.de/yarddog/index.htm)

Jon Strymish (Veteran photographer of Boston's music scene; www.Strymish.net)

Josie Montserrat (Giving Canadian rock photography a good name; www.blackmoonphotography.com)

Knox (The frontman of The Vibrators shows his paintings in the USA for the first time ever; www.knox76.com/Kpaintings1.html )

Niagara (Paintings never before exhibited in Boston by the frontwoman of Destroy and Monsters and Dark Carnival, www.Niagaradetroit.com)

Winston Smith (The controversial collage artist will exhibit a classic piece of punk history; www.winstonsmith.com)

@ The Zeitgeist Gallery

July 19 - August 1, 2005

Opening reception: July 23, 2005

"GUMBY AND FRIENDS:

The First 50 Years"

@ The Lynn House Gallery; Antioch, California

May 2005

 

An exhibition about Art Clokey's most famous creation, the show featured Nikolai's portrait of Mr. Clokey and his clay creations in front of a photo of Mr. Clokey's stepfather, whose slanted hairstyle was the inspiration for the shape of Gumby's head. Nikolai only found out in June 2007 that the portrait appeared in the exhibition, so this show wasn't added to this list until two years after the fact.

"ALL AJA"

Images of the insanely beautiful Aja

@ All Asia Cafe in Cambridge, Massachusetts

March 2005

Opening reception on

March 5, 4-7pm

The reception featured a live set by one of Aja's favorite bands, LIVESEXACT.

 

"COVER ART"

Nikolai contributed one piece to the "Cover Art" group show that appeared at ZuZu in Cambridge, Massachusetts in December 2004. The exhibition featured over 30 artists rendering their favorite album covers in mixed medias. Nikolai contributed The Mekons' "The Quality of Mercy is not Strnen," taking the actual album cover and pasting a photo of George W. Bush's face over the face of the chimpanzee at the typewriter, mistyping a Shakespearean quote. Har har hardy har har!

The show moved to an undisclosed location in New York City, that meaning that the organizers never told him where the NY version of the show was or the dates it was hanging.

"VOICES OF REASON IN A TIME OF MADNESS"

An anti-Bush photo exhibition

@Club Passim

August 15- October 16, 2004

Cambridge, Massachusetts

"NEVERMIND NOSTALGIA: The Last Photo Exhibition on Punk Rock (Part One)"

@ZuZu!

June 20 - July 18, 2004

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Read articles about the show in The Boston Phoenix (click here) and The Boston Globe (here)

"NEVERMIND NOSTALGIA: The Last Photo Exhibition on Punk Rock (Part Two)"

@The Zeitgeist Gallery

July 6-11, 2004

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Read articles about the show in The Boston Phoenix (click here) and The Boston Globe (here)

"KEEP OUT - The Dogs of Cuba"

@ ZuZu!

March 2004

Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

The Unnatural Axe Trio played the reception and covered The Stooges "And Now I Wanna Be Your Dog."

"SOMETHING BETTER CHANGE"

Images of revolutionary individuals who have changed the world

@ Zeitgeist Gallery

November 2003

Cambridge, Massachusetts

"CAROUSEL DERAILMENT"

Yawning cats, circus sideshow photos, morbid miscellany and other oddities, abnormalities and curiousities. Carousel Derailment was an abstractly autobiographical sideshow that accompanied the larger "Something Better Change" exhibition.

@ Zeitgeist Gallery

November 2003

Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

"WE'RE DISPARATE, Get Used To It:

Images of the Great Minds of MIT and Harvard and the Pioneers of Punk"

@ Massachusetts Institute of Technology

February 2002

Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Untitled

The summer that Nikolai bought his first camera, he did a solo exhibition of his work at this coffee house in Cleveland. He showed a concert photo of Wayne Kramer, a portrait of Cheetah Chrome, and he has no recollection of what else. Possibly a photo of severed pigs heads in a butcher shop.

Summer 1996

@ Midnight Sun; Cleveland, Ohio

 
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