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ArtSlant's Armory Week Art Fairs and Events Guide
by ArtSlant Team

Armory Show 

March 6-9
Opening Day: Mar 5, 12-8pm Early Access, 5-8pm MoMA vernissage ticket holders
Public Hours: Mar 6-9, 12-7pm

It’s grand, it’s gorgeous, and it’s a pretty significant hike from the train or a long queue in a cab to roll up to the entrance. But of course worth the trip, worth the time, and worth the investment for collectors. The Armory Show is full of enthralling things, from the 20th century modern works on Pier 92, to the contemporary works on Pier 94. This year’s focus is on China, which includes a section of the fair for galleries specializing in contemporary Chinese works; a two day China Symposium, March 8 and 9; and the Armory Artist Commission granted to “chameleon of concept” Xu Zhen. And of course the week kicks off with the always fabulous opening party hosted by the Museum of Modern Art.

Events and Talks Highlights:

Mar 5: The Armory Party at MoMA, VIP 8-9pm, General Admission 9pm-12am (buy tickets here)

Mar 6: Open Forum, PUBLISHING WITH AND ABOUT ARTISTS, with Christophe Boutin; Duane Michals; Anna Moschovakis, moderated by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, 1-2:30pm

VENUS DRAWN OUT: 20TH CENTURY WORKS BY GREAT WOMEN ARTISTS, with Inka Essenhigh; Lynn Gumpert; Pat Steir, moderated by Susan Harris, 3-4:30pm

Mar 7: FROM THE BOTTOM UP: RETHINKING ART GALLERIES IN A COMMODITY AND EVENT DOMINATED ECOSYSTEM, with Georgina Adam; Helen Allen; Carlos Duran; Darren Flook; Kavi Gupta, moderated by Christian Viveros-Fauné, 1-2:30pm

HERE AND NOW: BIENNIALS IN THE 21ST CENTURY, with Dan Byers; Michelle Grabner; Franklin Sirmans, moderated by Lynne Cooke

Mar 8: The China Symposium, THE BIG PICTURE, with Adrian Cheng, Jerome Cohen, Jeremy Goldkorn, Hans Ulrich Obrist, moderated by Reihan Salam, 12:30-1:45pm

The China Symposium, THE CHINESE ART WORLD DESCRIBED AS A SYSTEM, with Huang Rui, Meg Maggio, Shen Qibin, Shaway Yeh, moderated by András Szántó  , 2-3:15pm

Mar 9: The China Symposium, THE ON | OFF GENERATION, with He Xiangyu, Hu Xiangqian, Li Ming, Sun Dongdong, Zhao Yao, moderated by Lee Ambrozy, 4-5:15pm


ADAA The Art Show

March 5-9
Gala Preview: Mar 4, 5:30-9:30pm
Public Hours: Mar 5-7, 12-8pm; Mar 8, 12-7pm; Mar 9, 12-5pm

I must confess, I’ve never been. The fair, located at the Park Avenue Armory, seems thoroughly ensconced in the taste and culture of the Upper East Side. Blue chip quality, high prestige, sound investment artworks. You won’t find much of the experimental, risky or emerging work in this cavernous armory.

Special Projects and Exhibitor Highlights

Ann Hamilton will photograph fair visitors through a membrane that registers in focus only what directly touches its surface. At Carl Solway Gallery's booth.

Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers of Williamsburg will have a pop-up shop for the run of the show.

Ala Ebtekar, Rapture, 2011, mixed media digital pigment prints, 39 3/8 x 59 inches; Courtesy of Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles. At Volta NY.



March 6-9
PREVIEW: Mar 6, 11am-2pm Guest of Honor, 2-5pm VIP/Press, 6-9pm Public Vernissage
Public Hours: Mar 7-8, 10am-8pm; Mar 9, 10am-5pm

Always a favorite, Volta NY excels at the solo exhibition format, which is a welcome change for visually overloaded art fair goers. Each booth is dedicated to one artist, allowing for more thoughtful contemplation and a better sense of the artist’s work. We’ve discovered many incredible international artists at Volta, and this year’s wider aisles and larger booths promise an even better experience.

Performances and Talks Highlights:

Mar 6: Performance, FROM MY PAPER BAG COLORED HEART, Wilmer Wilson IV, 1:30pm

Performance, SWEET GRACE, Pamela Council, 7pm

Mar 7: Talk, METANOIA – PRACTICES OF EXHAUSTION, with Holly Bynoe, Blake Daniels, Olivia McGilchrist, Jayson Keeling, Joiri Minaya, Ian Deleon, John Cox, 6pm

Mar 8: Performance, FROM MY PAPER BAG COLORED HEART, Wilmer Wilson IV, 1:30pm


Talk, PERFORMANCE ART IN POPULAR CULTURE, with Kate Sutton, Carl Swanson, NYPAC Members, 6pm

Mar 9: Performance, SWEET GRACE, Pamela Council, 1:30pm

Talk, PAINTING TODAY, CONTEMPORARY VOICES AND THE '100 PAINTERS OF TOMORROW', with Kurt Beers, Blake Daniels, Andrew Salgado, 3pm


March 6-9
First View: Mar 6, 3-6pm VIP Gala; 6-9pm, Press Preview
Public Hours: Mar 7-8, 11am-8pm; Mar 9, 11am-7pm

Scope is hard to miss due to its couldn’t-be-more-central location, sitting atop Penn Station in the old Post Office building. Scope is the place to spot emerging talent, and its youthful fresh energy, with a mix of urban flavor, pop and punk, might be wearying for the old folks but a whole lotta fun for us young’uns.

Performance and Project Highlights

Daily Performances at Golden Thread Gallery (E01): Sinéad O’Donnell, Headspace: White cube, Mar 6, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm; Mar 7-9, sporadic.
Tonya McMullan, Mar 6, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm; Mar 7-8, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm; Mar 9, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

Lori Zimmer and Moniker Projects, “We’re Speaking the Same Language?” (E19): with performances by New York’s living work of art, Muffinhead, and London’s ‘typewriter artist’ Keira Rathbone.

BUCkETFEET: Made To Stand Out: SCOPE New York 2014 attendees will have the unique opportunityto help select the winner of the #MadeToStandOut contest during 3 days of in-person voting at the art show.

Joan Jonas, Night Light, 2013, Steel and LEDs, 37 x 15 x 10 in / 94 x 38 x 25 cm, Edition of 10; Courtesy Artists Space, New York. At Independent.



March 6-9
Vernissage: Mar 6, 6-8pm
Public Hours: Mar 7-8, 12-7pm; Mar 9, 12-6pm

Located at the old DIA building in Chelsea, Independent is always a must-see on any serious contemporary art lover's Armory Week list. With its refreshing open format, Independent reminds us more of a biennial than an art fair. Previously, its free admission made it stand out as the first (sometimes only) fair week destination for the cash-strapped but inspiration-hungry artist contingent, but under pressure to keep exhibitors’ costs low it has introduced a $20 entrance fee. Who can blame them, it’s totally worth it.


Fountain Art Fair

March 7-9
Opening Day: March 7, 12-5pm, VIP Preview to Benefit the Detroit Institute of Arts; 7pm-12 am, Public Opening; 9pm-12am, DJ Set with Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Located at the 69th Regiment Armory by Gramercy Park, Fountain really looks at home in the monumental armory building. Fountain’s parties are legendary, but we can’t help but miss the close quarters and the imminent danger of seasickness associated with its former location on the Frying Pan on the Hudson River. Seeing a live band/DJ situation in the center of a huge, echo-ey building always makes the crowd, no matter how large, seem a bit inadequate. The art at Fountain toes the line of edgy, sometimes naive, but it’s the urban art/street art-inspired offerings where it really shines, and this particularly shows in this year's series of talks and panels.

Talks and Party Highlights

Mar 7: Panel: “The Challenges of Creating art in Public Space”, 12:30-2pm

March 8: Panel: “Women in Street Art” 12:30-2pm
Dance party with DJ collective The Deep 9pm-12am

March 9: Panel: “The New Muralism” 12:30 - 2pm



March 5-9
Opening Party: Mar 5, 8-10pm FREE

Last year we stumbled upon THE(UN)FAIR and had a great time, eating Ben n Jerry’s, chatting with artists, and checking out the art. A fun experience, THE(UN)FAIR is located just down the street from the Armory—a sweet surprise for those exiting the big fair atmosphere.

Event Highlights:

Mar 6: Benefit Party, 8-10pm  $20

Mar 9: Closing Party, 8-10pm FREE

Spring Break Art Show

March 6-9
Preview Day: Mar 4, 2-4pm, Press Preview; 4-6pm, Collector’s Preview; 6-9pm, VIP Vernissage
Daily hours: Mar 6-9, 12-8pm

The curator-driven fair, Spring Break is a truly unique experience. Each little room and hallway in the expansive Old School building is taken over by various curators, making for sometimes intimate, sometimes compromising, always interesting encounters. This event is quickly becoming a mainstay.


Moving Image

March 6-9
Opening Reception: Mar 6, 6-8pm
Public Hours: Mar 6-8, 11am-8pm; Mar 9, 11am-4pm

Located in one long dark tunnel in Chelsea (The Waterfront Tunnel to be exact), Moving Image eschews the overhead lights in favor of the glow of video screens. This fair and its emphasis on time-based media is often the perfect antidote to a long day of art fair wandering.


Parties, Exhibition Openings, Other Events

Whitney Biennial
VIP Opening Cocktail Reception: Mar 4, 7-11pm
Member Preview Days: Mar 5-6, 12-6pm
Opening Cocktail Reception: Mar 5, 8-11pm; Special Preview 7-8pm (see website for member access)
Opens to the public: Mar 7th, 1-9pm

Storefront for Art and Architecture Screening Series
Mar 6, 7pm, 97 Kenmare St
A screening and discussion of Gordon Matta-Clark's film Splitting, and Visit to Humphrey Street


We're Speaking the Same Language? Afterparty / Logan Hicks Preparty
Mar 6, 10pm-? At Leftfield: 87 Ludlow


Is there a show you want readers to know about? Do you have an Armory Party at your gallery? Tell us in the comments!


Posted by ArtSlant Team on 2/25/14 | tags: art fairs Armory Week New York moving image spring break independent Armory Show Fountain Art Fair Volta unfair scope adaa

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