The Armory Show
Piers 92 and 94, New York
March 5 – 8
New York City’s leading art fair, The Armory Show, is set to take place this March from the 5th to the 8th on Piers 92 and 94. The 17th edition of the fair continues the tradition of showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its sixteen years, canonical names from Picasso to Pollock have all been presented at the fair, right alongside some of the most cutting edge artists of the new generations. This year features galleries from 28 countries. A list of 2015 participating galleries can be found here.
Having received a record number of gallery applications, the 2015 fair brings together a wide range of ambitious presentations; Pier 92 – Modern will represent art and artists from the twentieth century, while Pier 94 – Contemporary is dedicated to leading international galleries presenting new art by living artists. In its continued commitment to fostering a serious, compelling platform for emerging and established galleries worldwide, The Armory Show will feature Armory Focus: Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean (MENAM), curated by Omar Kholeif, in a devoted section of Pier 94. The MENAM focus is presented in collaboration with lead cultural partner, Edge of Arabia, and education partner, Art Jameel. The 2015 fair will include Armory Presents, a section devoted to single and dual artist presentations by galleries less than ten years old.
Deborah Harris, Managing Director of Pier 92 – Modern notes: “I am thrilled to see this impressive lineup of Pier 92 exhibitors, especially the international galleries who will be joining the fair for the first time this year from Europe and Asia. They offer a strong complement to our American galleries as well as a fresh perspective on many major Modern art movements.”
Armory Arts Week strives to take advantage of this yearly convergence of the world’s art enthusiasts by promoting a diverse selection of the city’s cultural offerings. This year, in celebration of New York’s unparalleled artistic communities, Armory Arts Week works to highlight the distinct non-profit cultural organizations of the city’s multiple neighborhoods and boroughs. Throughout the week of The Armory Show, they will promote a different neighborhood each day with cultural events for all levels of visitors. For a look at which neighborhoods will be covered and when, check below for the official schedule.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015: Uptown [Midtown, Upper West Side, Upper East Side & Harlem]
Wednesday, March 4, 2015: The Armory Party at MoMA
Thursday, March 5, 2015: Chelsea
Friday, March 6, 2015: Queens & the Bronx
Saturday, March 7, 2015: Downtown [SoHo, West Village, Tribeca & the Lower East Side]
Sunday, March 8, 2015: Brooklyn
For the full schedule of events, visit The Armory Website.
New York has a strong history in art exhibitions. The name of “The Armory Show” was originally an homage to the legendary 1913 exhibition of the same name that also took place in this building, which famously showcased works by avant-garde European artists never previously seen on American soil side-by-side with their American counterparts. This first Armory Show is widely credited for bringing Modern art to New York, and its eclectic and unorthodox mix of genres, juxtaposing Vincent van Gogh alongside Marcel Duchamp and Edward Hopper, has been a source of inspiration for ensuing decades and continues to linger today, over 100 years later.
The Armory Show will coincide with New Museum’s 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, in which the 2015 Armory Commissioned Artist, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, has also been included. In addition, the Armory Party will once again take place at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on Wednesday, March 4th, in support of MoMA’s world-renowned exhibition programming.