The cavernous, darkened venue for this fair is well suited to its program of video installations and single channel presentations mounted by a lively mix of commercial and non-profit galleries. You can also immerse yourself in media projects featuring the latest in augmented and virtual reality technologies.
As its name implies, this fair is devoted to works (drawings, prints, photos, mixed-media) on paper, but not just on paper: The offerings include inventive three-dimensional sculptures and installations made out of paper. As the latter suggests, Art on Paper is dedicated to pushing the envelope on one of art’s oldest mediums.
Launched in 2011, this scrappy fair sets itself apart by having outside curators select the artists. Also, the shows are mounted in unconventional locations: Previous editions have set up shop in the Cathedral School of Old Saint Patrick’s in Nolita and at the former James A. Farley Post Office across from Madison Square Garden. This year’s event takes up two floors of the former Conde Nast Tower off of Times Square, so in addition to art, visitors will have bird’s-eye views of the Crossroads of the World.
New York's only preserved 19th-century home takes you through its fourth-floor servants' quarters, which were carefully restored and repainted in their original colors. Learn about the daily successes and struggles of the Irish immigrants who worked as staff in the mid–19th century. At the haunted house tour on Friday night, uncover the mystery of some of the bizarre occurrences that took place in the servants' quarters, and face the specters of family members who passed away in the house.
Armory Week’s namesake event started life in 1995 as a funky gathering of young downtown dealers at the Gramercy Park Hotel, and has since grown into one of the art world’s biggest events. Previous Armory Shows have featured separate fairs-within-the-fair devoted to 20th-century modern and contemporary art, respectively, but this year, the two are combined into one event showcasing more than 200 galleries from 30 countries, as well as talks, programs, performances and commissioned artworks.
NADA ain’t nothing as far as this fair mounted by The New Art Dealers Alliance is concerned. Begun in Miami in 2002 before launching in New York in 2012, NADA marks its return to Armory Week after several years of coinciding with Frieze New York in May. With 100 galleries on tap, there’s plenty to take in, but while you’re at it, check out the limited-edition t-shirts on sale by a roster of New York’s most notable drag artists, including Lady Bunny and Taboo! Another plus: half of all ticket proceeds are being donated to the ACLU.
Established in 2005 in Basel, Switzerland, Volta NY bills itself as the fair “by galleries, for galleries” and focuses exclusively on solo artist presentations. Unlike typical trade shows, projects are mounted in a way that make you feel like you’re conducting a studio visit—just like a dealer or collector would. This year’s edition brings together 96 exhibitors from 43 cities across five continents.
Salute the suffragette sisters of the 19th and 20th centuries with a toast at this activism-themed party. The Museum of Interesting Things will show off its collection of voting rights buttons, political cards and other antiques while playing 16-millimeter films from the period. And if you can’t make the event, you can still get your fill of the museum’s collection of suffrage memorabilia by taking a private tour.
Art lovers flock to Randalls Island Park for this dreamy display of works from 130 international galleries—and the view of Manhattan ain’t bad either. Take the ferry or the bus over to the island (buy advance tickets online if you can), and plan to spend some serious time immersing yourself in the imaginative projects found both indoors and out.