ART DEFINING ALPHABET CITY Alphabet City runs from Avenue A to Avenue D between Houston Street and 14th Street. In the 1840s, the area was known as Little Germany and then became home to Eastern European, Irish and Jewish immigrants in the 1880s. Thousands of Puerto Ricans arrived in the latter part of the 20th century and the area became known as Loisaida. In the 1970s, slums arose due to the influx of drug dealers and struggling artists. Today the area is emerging as an area of affluence and the art exhibit “Alphabet City: Everything From A-Z” will feature works by artists with ties to Alphabet City exploring and celebrating these changes. Pictured above is “No Angulerease” by Eddie Alfaro. Thurs. – Sun., Oct. 5-7 from 6-10pm. The Father’s Heart Ministries, 543-545 E. 11th St. www.fathersheartnyc.org.

MIXED-MEDIA ART Hugh Gran’s art combines his love for urban mural/street art and propaganda poster art. In some of his works, he sketches and draws lower Manhattan’s imagery with graffiti-inspired abstract paintings. Opening reception is Fri., Sept. 15 from 7-9pm. Continues thru Oct. 7. Invisible NYC, 148 Orchard St. 212-228-1358. www.troydenningtattoo.com.

WORKS BY ITALIAN PHOTOGRAPHER In the exhibit “Close Landscapes,” view works by Andrea Calabresi. Her silver gelatin prints give viewers an impression of the heat and cold, humidity and dryness in the land and in the air. Pictured above is “The Burn.” Opening reception is Fri., Sept. 15 from 6-9pm. The artist will be in attendance for book and poster signing. Continues thru Oct. 28. MV Gallery of Photography, 33 Little West 12th St., # 204. 212-929-3036.

CELEBRATE MEXICO NOW FESTIVAL Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will exhibit his recent works derived from adapting surveillance technologies to blur the line between the observer and the observed. Pictured above is “Underscan, 2006.” Opening reception is Fri., Sept. 15 from 6-8pm. Continues thru Oct. 21. Artist talk on Tues., Sept. 12 at 7pm, reservations required. Bitforms Gallery, 529 W. 20th St., bet 10th & 11th Aves. 212-366-6939. www.bitforms.com. www.mexiconowfestival.org.

Center for Remembering and Sharing, 123 4th Ave., 2nd floor, 212-677-8621, info@crsny.org: THE CRYING SKY, View smaller landscape oil paintings by Eric Holzman. Continues thru Sept. 24.

Chelsea Art Museum, 556 W. 22nd St. at 11th Ave., 212-255-0719, www.chelseaartmuseum.org, Tues. – Sat., noon – 6pm; Thurs. , noon – 8pm: IT’S NOT A PHOTO, An group exhibition of abstract photography and electronic media. Continues thru Aug. 26.

Franklin 54 Gallery, 181 Christopher St., bet Washington & West Side Highway, 212-627-8690, www.artnet.com/franklin54.html: BRUCE IACONO, View unique oil paintings by Bruce Iacono. The artist depicts landscapes, city streets and sports scenes that stir up memories of times past and present that have been a part of all of our lives. Sept. 1-30. Opening reception is Sat., Sept. 9 from 6-8pm.

Invisible NYC, 148 Orchard St. bet Stanton & Rivington, 212-228-1358, www.troydenningtattoo.com: MIRROR, A solo-exhibit by emerging New York City photographer, Manuela Paz. Photos feature female subjects gesturing within the frame of a mirror’s reflection. Continues thru Sept. 2, Tues. – Sat. from noon – 8pm.

ISE Cultural Foundation, 555 Broadway, bet Prince & Spring Sts., 212-925-1649, www.isefoundation.org: LOOKING AT THE OTHER, View works by artists Yin Xiuzhen, Liang Yue and Zhang O. Sept. 1 – Oct. 28. Opening reception and Curator/Artists’ Talk on Fri., Sept. 8 from 6-8pm.

Michael Ingbar Gallery, 568 Broadway in the basement, 212-334-1100: IT’S ABOUT REAL ESTATE, A group exhibition with works by 90 artists showing New York City, past and present. Continues thru Sept. 30.

The Painting Center, 52 Greene St., 212-343-1060, www.thepaintingcenter.com: THROUGH OUR EYES: BELFAST, A 2 part exhibition taking place in NYC and Belfast. From Sept. 5-30, 13 artists from Belfast will show their works in NYC and in October, 14 NYC artists will show works in Belfast. The artists survey the world from their respective cities offering multiple perspectives to look at world issues. Opening reception is Sat., Sept. 9 from 6-8pm.

Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 W. 14th St.: DEPTH OF FIELD, A juried photography exhibition featuring a wide variety of work from 16 Pratt alumni who received a BFA in Media Arts at Pratt between 1995 and 2005. Continues thru Sept. 12.

Robin Rice Gallery, 325 W. 11th St., 212-366-6660, www.robinricegallery.com, Wed. – Sun. from 12-7pm: SUMMERTIME, View fine photography by various artists featuring images of summer. Thru Sept. 10.

Staley Wise Gallery, 560 Broadway in Soho, 212-966-6223, www.staleywise.com: MARILYN MONROE, A selection of black & white and color photographs of Marilyn Monroe presented in conjunction with the PBS “American Masters” documentary on Marilyn Monroe. Thru Sept. 1.

The Ukrainian Museum, 222 E. 6th St., bet 2nd & 3rd Aves. 212-228-0110: JACQUES HNIZDOVSKY (1915-1985): In Color and In Black & White, view a showcase of work by the critically acclaimed painter and printmaker spanning a nearly 50-year career that started in Ukraine and ended in the U.S. Thru Aug. 27. THE TREE OF LIFE, THE SUN, THE GODDESS: SYMBOLIC MOTIFS IN UKRAINIAN FOLK ART, View embroidery, textiles, ceramics, woodwork, metalwork, pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs) & ritual breads. Thru mid-Oct. $8; $6 student/seniors; children under 12 and members.

Village Restaurant, 62 W. 9th St., near 6th Ave., 212-505-3355: ONSTAGE OUTLAWS, View rare archival images of Mae West and Texas Guinan taken during a lawless decade, the roaring 20s. Thru Aug. 31 during restaurant hours.

Westbeth Gallery, 57 Bethune St., 212-989-4650: WESTBETH ARTISTS AND FRIENDS, Continues thru Aug. 27. 5 YEARS – 9/11 MEMORIAL, View “Aftermath: 9/11 and NY Artists,” a video by Ernest Mortuzans & J. Taylor Basker. Also view photos and artwork by Basker. Sun., Sept. 10 from 7-9pm. Free.

Wilmer Jennings Gallery, 219 E. 2nd St. at Ave. B, 212-674-3939: HOWARD T. CASH – SAVING GRACE, View a selection of more that 70 images by photographer Howard T. Cash focusing on families rebuilding their lives after Hurricane Katrina. A Video documentary entitled, “Hurricane Katrina: Life After the Storm,” by journalist Marcia Fingal, will also be shown. Opening reception is Sun., Aug. 27. Gallery is open Wed. – Sun. from 11am – 6pm. Gallery talk on Sat., Sept. 16 at 3pm.