With the Armory Show each March comes the orbit of satellite fairs, each with their own set of opening parties, special projects, lecture series, performances, and "happenings." To help make sense of it all, we present The Guide—your one-stop doc for a week's worth of logistics, highlights, and unmissable Armory Week events.
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Culturunners photomontage by Azra Aksamija, ©Art Jameel and Edge of Arabia, Special Project in the Armory Show's Focus: MENAM
The Armory Show
Opening Day: March 4, 5–8pm MoMA Vernissage ticket holders
Public hours: March 5–8, 12–7pm
$45 One Day General Admission, $80 Multi-day pass, $60 VOLTA NY Combi ticket
The Armory Show is the reason everyone else is here. The fair's 17th edition features 199 galleries from 28 countries, with Modern Art exhibited on Pier 92 and Contemporary Art and Special Projects on Pier 94. Each year the Armory Show presents a special regional focus. 2015 features the MENAM—Middle East, North African, Mediterranean—region with gallery presentations, symposia, artist commissions, and projects like the Culturunner retrofitted RV. Read our MENAM preview here!
Events and Talk Highlights
March 4: MoMA hosts The Armory Party VIP 8–9pm, General Admission 9pm–12:30am (tickets here)
Live performance from Kelela, plus DJ sets by Alexis Taylor, Ezra Koenig, E*vax, and DJ Business Class (Armory Show Commissioned Artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan).
March 6: Open Forum—In Conversation: Parviz Tanavoli and Lynn Gumpert, Director, Grey Art Gallery, NYU, 12:30–1:30pm
Art Jameel and Edge of Arabia Present Culturunners: Journeys and Collaborations, with Azra Aksamija; Husam Al-Sayed; Matthew Mazzotta; Ava Ansari, Moderator Renata Papsch, 2–3:15pm
“Contemporary Design Today in Lebanon” with Carlo Massoud; Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte; Cherine Magrabi Tayeb, Moderator Maria Cristina Didero, 3–4pm
March 7 & 8: Open Forum—Armory Focus: MENAM Symposium: The Way Things Can Go, Curated by Fawz Kabra, Commissioned by Omar Kholeif
Wade Guyton, Untitled, 2013, Epson durabrite inkjet on book pages displayed in five linoleum-lined vitrines 88 × 341.4 × 82.4 cm. At Petzel Gallery, New York
ADAA: The Art Show
Gala Preview: March 3, from 5:30–9:30pm (admission benefits Henry Street Settlement, tickets here)
Public hours: Wed–Fri, March 4–6, 12–8pm, Sat, March 7, 12–7pm, Sun, March 8, 12–5pm
The 27th edition of the nation’s “Longest Running Fine Arts Fair” is organized by the Art Dealer's Association of American. The upscale fair, located in the Park Avenue Armory, presents curated solo, duo, and thematic presentations from 72 galleries—ranging from contemporary solo projects like Petzel Gallery's Wade Guyton presentation, to more historical surveys such as Carl Solway Gallery's presentation of rare histroical works by Nam June Paik, to thematic exhibitions including The Responsive Eye at 50, featuring Op-Art at Maxwell Davidson Gallery.
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Convertible Series, Group 10, 2011, Mirror and reverse glass painting on plaster and wood, 4 parts
Courtesy of Haines Gallery, San Francisco
Preview: March 5, 11am–4pm Guest of Honor and VIP preview, 6–8pm Public Vernissage
Public hours: March 6–7, 12–8pm, March 8, 12–7pm
$25 General Admission, $60 Armory Show Combi ticket
VOLTA is an invitational solo project fair for contemporary art. This year it moves to Pier 90, adjacent to The Armory Show in Hell's Kitchen. In partnership with GalleryLOG, this week ArtSlant presents exclusive interview previews with participating VOLTA artists here!
March 6–8, VOLTA Salon, mezzanine level of Pier 90, featuring talks such as "Cuba After the Thaw" (March 6, 6–7pm), "Art and the Cloud: Collecting and Investing in Digital Art" (March 7, 4:30–5:30pm), and "Is Everyone a Critic? Art Criticism in the Digital Age" (March 8, 4:30–5:30pm). Full list of talks here.
Carla Gannis, The Garden of Emoji Delights, 2014, Archival c-print mounted on plexi with semi-gloss front lamination, at PULSE PROJECTS
Courtesy of the artist and TRANSFER Gallery
PULSE NEW YORK
March 5, 10am–1pm Preview Brunch, 6–8pm Young Collectors Cocktails (both invite only)
Public hours: March 5, 1–6pm, March 6–7, 11am–8pm, March 8, 11am–5pm
March 6, 5–8pm Members of local museums get free admission
$25 General Admission, $40 Multi-day pass
PULSE, located in Chelsea's Metropolitan Pavilion, moves from Frieze Week to Armory Week this year. The fair features sectors like IMPULSE for emerging galleries, POINTS for alternative gallery models and non-profits, and PLAY, a platform for video and new media art. Check out our 2014 interview with PULSE Director Helen Toomer here.
Project and Talks Highlights:
March 5: 4pm, "Women in the Artworld: Today–> Future," a tour led by Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) Founder Susan Mumford focusing on six leading women in the field
March 7: 2pm, PESPECTIVES—a 10 x 10 round-table curator discussion on the subject of "The Future"
Ongoing: PULSE Projects, with large-scale sculptures and installations, including Carla Gannis' The Garden of Emoji Delights (image above), and a site-specfic thread installation in the Metropolitan Pavilion entryway and lobby by Rachel Mica Weiss (Uprise Art).
Jean-Pascal Flavien, Rose! There will be so much room, 2014 4 x 113 x 113 cm painted aluminium, metal, wood
Photo: Isabelle Arthuis. Courtesy Galerie Catherine Bastide and the artist
March 5, 6–8pm Vernissage
Public hours: March 6–7, 12–7pm, March 8, 12–6pm
$20 General Admission
This year over 50 galleries and non-profits from 14 countries across Europe and the Americas participate in Independent's 6th edition, located in the Chelsea Gallery District. Solo highlights include a multimedia installation from renowned German artist Andrea Büttner—her first New York solo—at David Kordansky, and a series of drawings from Jimmie Durham at Kurimanzutto, one of 16 new Independent exhibitors.
Sylvia Hommert, Hematite, Exhibited by Parlor Gallery at SCOPE New York
SCOPE New York
March 6, 2–4pm Platinum First View, 4–6pm VIP ($100 at door)
Public hours: March 6, 6–10pm, March 7 & 8, 11am–8pm
$30 General Admission
Dedicated to Contemporary Art, the 15th edition of SCOPE NY moves to a new location across from the Armory Show in the Metropolitan Pavilion West. Programs include the long-standing Breeder sector with a focus on emerging galleries, and Juxtapoz Presents, a series of galleries curated by Juxtapoz Magazine, including a special edition of the magazine.
Pink Twins, Parametronomicon, 2014, Exhibited by Sinne, Helsinki at Moving Image
March 5: 6–8pm Opening Reception (free and open to the public)
Public hours: March 5–7, 11am–8pm, March 8, 11am–4pm
Located in the Waterfront Tunnel in Chelsea, Moving Image’s 5th edition presents 36 single-channel videos and installations from international galleries and non-profits, including 5 world premieres. 2015's edition sees an additional curatorial focus on artists and galleries from Brazil and Finland.
March 7: 12–3:30pm—Spotlight Panel Discussions on “How Do Artists Secure Funding for Film and Video Artwork?” and “Moving Image: Instant Upload,” asking about the importance and consequences of having works online for artists today.
Ramon Silva. Becoming Beyoncé, video still, 2014. Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah. Courtesy of the artist. At SPRING/BREAK Art Fair
SPRING/BREAK Art Show
March 3: 1–4pm Collectors Preview (invite only), 3–5pm Press Preview, 5–10pm VIP Vernissage (RSVP here)
Public hours: March 4–7, 12–8pm, March 8, 12–6pm
$10 General Admission
NYC’s “curator-driven art fair” has a 2015 curatorial theme of TRANSACTION. Over 80 curators were invited to create exhibitions in SPRING/BREAK’s new Moynihan Station location.
Charles Clary, Stachybotrys Atr-a-Diddle Infestation Movement #23, 2015, Hand cut paper and wallpaper on distressed drywall
Exhibited by KENISABARNESFINEART, Larchmont, NY
the paper fair
March 5: 5:30–8pm, Preview benefitting the Brooklyn Museum, 8–10:30pm VIP Opening Party (tickets here)
Public hours: March 6 & 7, 11a,–7pm, March 8, 11am–6pm
$25 One-day General Admission, $50 Multi-day pass
The new fair from Art Market Productions is not just for "works on paper." The fair features artists who “look to paper” as a major influence in their multimedia practices—including sculpture and installation.
THE(un)SCENE Art Show
Public hours: Daily from 11am until 8pm
A block from the Armory Show, THE(un)SCENE promotes itself as a refreshing alternative to “the maze of cookie-cutter, white-walled art fairs.” Added bonus: free ice cream!
March 5: 8pm–midnight, The (un)Scene LOVES ART, an evening of art and musical performances hosted by Brock Enright, with music from Andrew Michael and house DJ Rob Sperte (no cover, but RSVP recommended)
Each day hosts a full schedule of "happenings" including performances and talks. See the complete schedule of “Happenings” here.
Any tips for the week—at fairs or otherwise? Leave them in the comments.
—The ArtSlant Team
(Image at top: Courtesy of Roberto Chamorro for The Armory Show)
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