The opening was extremely well-attended, and Riley took the role of a ritzy, well-dressed bartender, shaking people's hands and quickly handing them cans of a beer that I don't think I've ever heard of. Riley has earned a lot of publicity for Magnan Metz Gallery (particularly since the time he rode around New York Harbor in a replica of a Revolutionary War-era submarine in 2007), and a lot of people were saying hello, so I guess his position behind the bar had the advantage of keeping the crowd moving.
At the other end of the gallery, another crowd had formed around two gents playing guitar, banjo, and harmonica, playing music that echoed the frontier-themed aspect of the rest of the show. People really dug it.
With The Armory Show and the ADAA fair going on this week, there's a strong chance that I'll be too busy to do justice to the work of Riley's that's on display now. At any rate, it will be up until April 9th, and I highly recommend giving it a look. Magnan Metz Gallery is at 521 West 26th St, in New York.