Art Nerd New York’s top event picks for Armory Arts Week 2017

March 2, 2017

In a city where hundreds of interesting events occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Ahead Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer shares her top picks for 6sqft readers!

Armory Arts Week has come to New York again, bringing a hustle and bustle of artists, galleries, art buyers, and art lovers from around the world. The main event is joined by a myriad of satellite fairs that could keep you busy for days, including a new location of the SCOPE Art Show, a fair dedicated solely to paper, and VOLTA’s focus on solo exhibitions. To pair with the fair excitement, the Public Art Fund is installing an open-air mansion just outside Central Park, and MoMA PS1 opens its galleries for a food- and booze-infused party. Head to Brooklyn to see Chad Hasegawa transform ordinary house paint into Abstract paintings, or, if historic art is more your thing, check out a 9th-century shipwreck at the Asia Society.

Liz Glynn: Open House ↑
Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, 60th Street & 5th Avenue
Wednesday, March 1- September 24

Glynn pays tribute to the Golden Era of Fifth Avenue when the area was dotted with single-family mansions by transforming the plaza into an open-air ballroom, complete with concrete-cast furniture and architectural embellishments.

Pier 90, 12th Avenue at 48th Street
Wednesday, March 1- Sunday, March 5

For 10 years, VOLTA has gone against the traditional art fair model, instead carefully curating a myriad of solo exhibitions in lieu of jam-packed booths. The boutique setting, located next to the Armory show, will feature artist Tim Okamura (above) in a not-to-miss presentation.

SCOPE Art Show ↑
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street
Thursday, March 2- Sunday March 5

This year, SCOPE moves to a centrally located venue, the wonderful Metropolitan Pavilion, once again to showcase the edgiest in emerging and established artists, while giving young galleries a voice.

Art on Paper ↑
Pier 36, 299 South Street
Thursday, March 2nd – Sunday, March 5th

The only fair dedicated solely to one medium, the fair returns for the third year to celebrate artists who transform ordinary paper into delicate, detailed and meticulous works of art.

The Armory Show ↑
Piers 94 and 92, 12th Avenue between 55th and 52nd Streets
Thursday, March 2nd – Sunday, March 5th

It wouldn’t be Armory Arts Week without the Armory Show. Sprawling across two piers, the fair brings the best of galleries and artists from around the world, as well as top-tier special projects, talks and symposiums with art world leaders, book signings, and tours.

Night at the Museum: Mark Leckey Closing Party ↑
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Friday, March 3, 8:00pm-12:00am

Get a last glimpse at Mark Leckey’s “Containers and their Drivers,” along with a party in the museum. Tickets include a live activation by the artist, festive cocktails, bites by M. Wells, and surprise DJ sets.

Chad Hasegawa as curated by DK Johnston ↑
The MARCY Project, 275 South 2nd Street, Williamsburg
Saturday, March 4, 6:00-10:00pm

Hasegawa elevates the medium of ordinary house paint into the fine art realm, with a new show of beautifully rendered abstract paintings at this new Brooklyn gallery.

Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia ↑
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
Tuesday, March 7th- June 4th

Sea trade of the Tang Dynasty back in the 9th Century is brought to life with this mystical exhibition of sunken treasure discovered off off Belitung Island in 1998. The sunken ship was stocked with exquisite examples of 9th-century ceramics, which have laid dormant under the sea for centuries.


Lori Zimmer is a writer, curator, and founder of Art Nerd New York, an off-beat art history guide to the city. Lori is also the author of two books, The Art of Cardboard: Big Ideas for Creativity, Collaboration, Storytelling, and Reuse and The Art of Spray Paint. Follow her on Twitter @ArtNerdNY or Instagram @TheLoriZimmer

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