March 8-11, 2012
Manhattan Piers 92 & 94
New York City in March? Is it ever a bad time to visit New York? In the city that never sleeps March means, among other things, Art. And not just masterpieces hung on walls and perplexing postmodern installations, but the buzz and flash of a spring festival, and a celebration not only of art but of life, New York style. Not a bad way to shake off any lingering winter blahs.
In what has become an essential yearly rite, art-lovers, artists, collectors, critics and curators from all over the world descend on the Big Apple for Armory Arts Week. Anchoring this cultural jamboree is The Armory Show, called the “most dynamic contemporary art fair in New York.” Founded in 1994 as The Gramercy International Art Fair, a modest, hotel-based event, The Armory Show has evolved into a keystone New York cultural event and a world-renowned contemporary art fair.
The 2012 edition boasts an international roster of leading galleries, the acclaimed Armory Show VIP program, an opening night bash at MoMA, and, for the intrepid, the Open Forum program with major art-world figures. In addition, Armory Film presents a series of cutting-edge video and experimental films. Other highlights include architectural firm Bade Stageberg Cox’s luxurious redesign of The Armory Show, and its “spatially contextualized” lounges and café areas. The 2012 Commissioned Artist for the fair, provocative Theaster Gates spices up the proceedings with a piquant dash of his visual jazz.
Located at Pier 92 and 94 on Manhattan’s west side (Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street in the Passenger Ship Terminal complex) and easily reachable by car or public transit, The Armory Show is a March must if you’re in town or passing through.
Pier 92 & 94
Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street
New York City
Thursday, March 8 – Saturday, March 10 Noon to 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 11 Noon to 7 p.m.