The art world is buzzing with anticipation for the 100th anniversary of the prestigious Armory Show which opens its doors today and stretches through the weekend. No longer held at its original historic venue, The 69th Regiment Armory, this year’s installment of the Armory Show will be held at Pier 92 and Pier 94 in Midtown Manhattan. Renowned the world over, The Armory Show is essentially an international contemporary and modern art fair that is devoted to showcasing the world’s leading art galleries and their most important artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries.
This year’s Armory Show is split between the two piers holding the event. Pier 92 will be showcasing historically significant modern art from top galleries such as the Forum Gallery, LEVY Galerie, Vivian Horan Fine Art, and dozens more. Contemporary artworks from up-and-coming, new artists and living artists will be featured on Pier 94, with exhibition pieces from Eleven Rivington, GRIMM, and Two Palms among many others. The 2013 Armory Show will also have a focus exhibit that will highlight artworks from the United States. The Focus: USA gallery will have exhibit pieces from the collections of Various Small Fries, Suzanne Geiss, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, and more.
During the Armory Show guests are invited to reflect on the artwork by stopping at the Pommery Champagne Bars that will be set up throughout the venue serving art lovers red, white, and sparkling wines. Restaurants participating at this year’s showcase are Starr Restaurants who will have tapas plates, a garden-inspired chef’s table, and artisanal sandwiches found in both venues. The family-owned Butterfield Market will have a café tent within Pier 94 that will offer some of their finest house-made delicacies.
Programming at the Armory includes guided exhibition tours that highlight the top pieces of the 2013 Armory Show, film screenings, and multiple open forum art discussions in regard to the Focus: USA exhibition. On Saturday and Sunday, from 3-5 pm, the Children’s Museum of the Arts will be teaching three hands-on workshops on contemporary art styles for kids.
Daily general admission tickets are $30 and $10 with a current student photo ID. Tickets for a 4-day pass are $60.
To purchase tickets, view the complete list of exhibitors, and any general information visit The Armory Show’s website.
For an interactive view of the pieces on exhibit at this year’s show, check out Artsy.