Crossing the Blues

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Armory Arts Week in NYC

Enjoy gallery openings, art shows, public art work in the parks, and more that celebrates the art and artists of NYC.


ABOUT

In its twelve years, The Armory Show has become an international institution, and every March, artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from all over the world make New York City their destination. The concept of a week of arts-related events grew organically, and was formalized with the support of the city in 2009.


Mission of Armory Arts Week
In celebration of the city’s unparalleled artistic communities, Armory Arts Week highlights a neighborhood or borough’s arts scene each night with events. Past events have included special receptions, open studios, art tours, museum discounts, performances, panels, artist discussions and parties.

Audience
Armory Arts Week attracts visitors from all over the world, as well as residents of New York City and the Tri-State area. According to a 2007 independent economic impact study, of the 52,000 visitors to The Armory Show, 56 percent (29,000) were visitors to New York City; out-of-town visitors were comprised of 11,000 from other countries, 5,000 living in the suburbs of NYC, and 13,000 from elsewhere in the United States; and among all out-of-town visitors, 73 percent cited The Armory Show as their primary reason for being in New York City.

  • Tuesday, March 1, 2011 – Uptown & Museum Mile Day
  • Wednesday, March 2, 2011 – Benefit for the MoMA
  • Thursday, March 3, 2011 – SoHo Night
  • Friday, March 4, 2011 – Long Island City Night
  • Saturday, March 5, 2011 – Chelsea Day & Brooklyn Night
  • Sunday, March 6, 2011 – Lower East Side

Highlights:

The West Harlem Art Fund and artist Dianne Smith present Gumboot Juba at the Mink Building

Juba, Pattin' Juba or Guiba is the name of the dance (of West African influence) the slaves did on the Southern plantations, in the Caribbean and Dutch Guiana. The sounds and movements took the place of drums. This multimedia installation will be a homage to Tap, Gumboot, and African American Fraternity Stepping and is comprised of sculptures made from refuse with a Zulu, Yuroba and African American Aesthetic. The installation will also be contextualized with references to African american History, Tap, Gumboot Dance, and Stepping.
Time: Open daily March 1st through March 31st
Access: Daily, dawn to dusk
Location: Mink Building, 1361 Amsterdam Avenue at 126th Street in West Harlem
Website: www.myharlem.net

Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design

Exhibition: Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels, February 18–June 5, 2011
Time: Monday–Friday 10am–5pm, Saturday 10am–6pm, Sunday noon–6pm
Access: General Admission: $10.00, Senior Citizens and Students with I.D.: $5.00, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Smithsonian Institution Members and children under age 12 are admitted free
Location: 2 East 91st Street
Contact: 212.849.8400, www.cooperhewitt.org

For more info visit http://www.armoryartsweek.com