MONDAY, MARCH 2
Party: Opening Reception for The Armory Show
Before hitting the many fairs that open across the city this week—before sailing over the seas of galleries sequestered into grids—how about we have a cocktail at a hotel bar and welcome people from the world over to New York? This is where we apologize for the cold, so we don’t have to for the rest of the week.—N.F.
Langham Place, 500 Fifth Avenue, New York, 6:30 p.m., invitation only
Opening: “Sinthome” at Richard Taittinger Gallery
The dashing Gallic art advisor Richard Taittinger has up and opened what could be the grandest gallery on the Lower East Side—a gleaming, immaculate cube on Ludlow Street in a space that used to house an indie rock venue, moving that stretch of downtown further away from the glory days of Max Fish and firmly into its glitz and glamor phase. But hey, you can still get pastrami at Katz’s after.—N.F.
Richard Taittinger Gallery, 154 Ludlow Street, New York 6-9 p.m., invitation only.
Public opening, Tuesday March 3, 6-9 p.m.
Talk: The RZA with Sasha Frere-Jones at MoMA PS1
In case you haven’t heard about what could be the best hip-hop stunt of the year, let us tell you: there is only one copy of the new album by the Wu-Tang Clan, and it will be sold at auction by Paddle8 for what will inevitably be a very large sum. If cash does not rule everything around you, and you don’t have the money—er, the dolla dolla bills, y’all—to spend on an album-as-art-piece, find your way into the listening event at PS1, where Wu-Tang leader with RZA will speak with Sasha Frere-Jones, who left his position as pop music critic at The New Yorker to work at an annotation website.—N.F.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens, invitation only
TUESDAY, MARCH 3
Opening: “Richard Prince: Fashion” at Nahmad Contemporary
In the early 1980s, Richard Prince took on ideas of advertising, beauty, the modeling industry, celebrity and appropriation when he created a series of works that were re-photographs of photographs in magazine ads. And now they’re presented at the Nahmad Contemporary space, which is, like the advertising industry, located on Madison Avenue (though a few dozen blocks North). Go see them with all the pretty people who are destined to attend the opening.—N.F.
Nahmad Contemporary, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Party: The Gala Preview for ADAA’s The Art Show
So of course this is a wonderful fair filled with great booths and all of that, but you know why all of us look forward to the gala preview for ADAA? The food. This party’s got the best hors d’oeuvres of them all.—N.F.
The Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street at Park Avenue, New York, 6:30 p.m., ticketed
Opening: John Chamberlain and Jean Prouvé at Gagosian Gallery
Probably the most heavy metal show of Armory Week. Chamberlain, Prouvé, metal, get it? Anyway, Gagosian fills another of his enormous spaces with another show that’s sure to be wonderful. And it should be as studded with the big guys as anything else this week.—N.F.
Gagosian Gallery, 555 W. 24th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Bjork at the Museum of Modern Art
After a genre-hopping career where she established herself as one of the world’s foremost glorious weirdos, where she became a fashion icon for a swan dress and a film icon for a Lars Von Trier musical, Bjork will have her moment in the curatorial stars as MoMA unveils a retrospective dedicated to her work.—N.F.
The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd Street, New York, Press viewing 9:00 a.m., reception 7:00 p.m., ticketed.
Opening: The Spring/Break VIP Preview
Yes, it’s only Tuesday, but we’re all already exhausted, so let’s take a lovely break from the madness of everything and visit Spring/Break, which lets curators and artists have their way with spaces, allowing for a more wild, unwieldy fair. And it’s got a new location this year, at Moynihan Station, the historic old post office across from Penn Station.—N.F.
Moynihan Station, 320 W. 33rd Street, New York, collector’s preview 1:00 p.m.
Talk: “Artists at the Institute: Tehching Hsieh” at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU
The artist is famous for his year-long performances, such as One Year Performance 1980-1981 where he punched a time clock every day for 365 days. Between 1983 and 1984 he and artist Linda Montano spent a year tied together at the waist by a rope. Now, the venerable pioneer of performance art will speak with students at the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU. The event will be broadcast live online.—A.M.
Institute of Fine Arts at NYU, 1 East 78th Street, New York, 6:30 p.m., RSVP required
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4
Opening: The VIP Press Preview of The Armory Fair
And here we are folks, the main event. New York City’s biggest, baddest art fair will open up, allowing collectors from the world over a chance to add some pricy works to their ever-more-valuable collections.—N.F.
Piers 92 and 94, 55th Street at 12th Avenue, New York, 11:00 a.m., invitation only
Party: The Armory Party at MoMA
And now that all the shopping is done, let’s drink! The annual gala and concert will this year feature the R&B stylings of Kelela, as well as DJ sets from Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and, intriguingly, the Armory Show’s commissioned artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan, who goes by the nom de DJ of Business Class.—N.F.
MoMA, 11 W. 53rd Street, New York, 8:00 p.m., invitation only
Opening: “The Radiants” at Bortolami
There’s an intriguing group show up at Bortolami, on view now until the end of the month, that investigates the earthquake that rocked Japan four years ago, and the resulting disaster at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. And from there we get the name, “The Radiants.”—N.F.
Bortolami Gallery, 520 W. 20th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: “Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa—Art and Film” at El Museo del Barrio
Gabriel Figueroa is considered one of the most significant cinematographers of the “Golden Age of Mexican Cinema,” and worked alongside artists like Diego Rivera, and Jose Clemente Orozco, Edward Weston, among others, during his lifetime. The exhibition will feature film clips of his work, along with paintings by Rivera and Orozco, photographs, posters, and ephemera.—A.M.
El Museo del Barrio, 1230 5th Avenue, New York
THURSDAY, MARCH 5
Opening: Independant Art Fair
Now, look, we’re not going to burden you with another art fair on this most fair-infested week in New York unless you should really go, and honestly, you can’t miss Independent. The international institution—the lucky town of Brussels, Belgium will get an edition next year—takes place in Chelsea so swing by before the glut of openings that go down on this night in this part of town.—N.F.
Independent, 548 W. 22nd Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Party: Armory Young Collectors at Soho House
And just south of the fury that’s happening in Chelsea, there’s a bit of calm in the clubby confines of Soho House, where Armory Show director Noah Horowitz hosts a bash alongside a few other art world bigwigs. At this point in the week—if you’re alive, that is!—it’s probably fine to get drunk. It’s really a struggle. We won’t judge.—N.F.
Soho House, 29 Ninth Avenue, New York, 9 p.m., invitation only
Opening: “Keith Haring: Heaven and Hell” at Skarstedt
You know what can always make one happy, even after the ankle-chomping hours of running around art fairs at hard-to-reach western edges of Manhattan while also hitting a few dozen openings and parties every night? Keith Haring’s paintings. Look at them, so cheery, even if they’re dealing with some serious William Blake visions of hell and our inevitable plunge into death!—N.F.
Skarstedt, 550 W. 21st Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: “Enigmas” at Andrea Rosen Gallery
Look, we get it, The Schnabel will always have an issue with his celebrity overshadowing his work—with his reputation for pajamas and pink houses and model wives and making movies and hitting parties getting in the way of being taken seriously as an artist in 2015. And so when there’s a press release for a show in which The Schnabel is featured—as there is for “Enigmas,” a show curated by the critic Alison Gingeras—you get sentences like the following: “Although not always acknowledged, his influence is visible in the works of a current generation of painters that includes, Joe Bradley, Dan Colen, Sergej Jensen and Oscar Murillo to name but a few.” “Although not always acknowledged”—seems a little passive aggressive, no? Well anyway, he’s matched here with the quite complimentary work of Reena Spaulings, so I say go see it.—N.F.
Andrea Rosen Gallery, 525 W. 24th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Electric Objects EO1 Beta Showcase at the Gallery at the Ace Hotel
Electric Objects, a device that allows collectors to view new media works on a digital canvas that can be mounted to walls, has caught the attention of both the art and tech world. It’ll be making its curatorial debut at the Gallery at the Ace Hotel, curated by founder Jake Levine and curator Zoe Salditch.—A.M.
The Gallery at the Ace Hotel, 20 W. 29th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Victor Man at Gladstone Gallery
This exhibition will include several paintings from that artist’s historically-inspired series “The Chandler” for the first time in the U.S. In these new works, Mr. Man reference’s Italian Pre-Renaissance paintings, primitivism, and the Greek acéphale.—A.M.
Gladstone Gallery, 515 W. 24th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: “Wafaa Bilal: Lovely Pink” at Driscoll Babcock Gallery
The artist will present 12 new sculptures that nod to ISIS’s recent destruction of cultural heritage sites in Iraq. Many of the figures are recognizable works from art history, such as Michelangelo’s David, and The Winged Victory of Samothrace, except created as mass-produced reproductions in cast resin, bonded marble, blank enamel, and shrink wrap.—A.M.
Driscoll Babcock Gallery, 525 W. 25th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6
Opening: Scope New York 2015
Oh, you thought you were all done with art fairs for at least another month? How wrong were you. There’s still Scope, and it opens a few blocks down from the piers, and you have to go. Stop complaining about your feet, your lack of sleep, your habit of not consuming any food unless it’s a bite-sized morsel passed around by a cater waiter at a cocktail party. Go to the art fair.—N.F.
Scope New York, 639 W. 46th Street, New York, premium first view 2:00 p.m., invitation only
Opening: Keith Broadwee at Shoot the Lobster
If you’re tired of the shiny booths in Midtown West convention centers and the like head instead to the comparatively glorious Lower East Side, where a tiny below-ground bit of loveliness called Shoot the Lobster awaits you. Hey, after this week, you’re going to want to shoot something!—N.F.
Shoot the Lobster, 138 Eldridge Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Hugo Boss Prize Winner Paul Chan at the Guggenheim
Back in November, Brooklyn-based artist Paul Chan was selected as the winner of the prestigious annual Hugo Boss Prize. His exhibition, “Nonprojections for New Lovers” will feature his signature projection pieces as well as works from his publishing project Badlands Unlimited.—A.M.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue, New York
Party: Armory Show Party and Hugo McCloud Viewing at Sean Kelly Gallery
If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out the Hugo McCloud show at Sean Kelly Gallery, there’s an Armory Week party that’s located quite conveniently at Sean Kelly Gallery. There is also a DJ set by someone named Kitty Cash.—N.F.
Sean Kelly Gallery, 475 Tenth Avenue, New York, 7-10 p.m., invitation only
Party: Paul McCarthy + Skateroom at MoMA
So, Paul McCarthy, he of the highly disturbing Snow White fantasties, went and designed some skateboards, which will be sold to benefit a skatepark in Johannesburg. And so there’s a party in the Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, which is fine, but I totally thought it said there would be skateboarding happening in the Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, which would have been so baller. Not sure ol’ Aggie would approve, though.—N.F.
MoMA, 11 W. 53rd Street, New York, 8:30 p.m., invitation only
SATURDAY, MARCH 7
Party: Pulse After Party at Hotel Americano
Pulse is another art fair that you will inevitably go to, and then because at this point you’ll need perhaps the strongest cocktail ever made in Manhattan, we suggest going to the Pulse after party, where you can unwind and look out on the Chelsea landscape from the rooftop, thinking of all the art you saw this week, thinking about fortunes spent and fortunes made, thinking about fact that you haven’t changed you socks since that talk with the RZA, thinking about how that felt like literally a month ago.—N.F.
Hotel Americano, 518 W. 27th Street, New York, invitation only
Talk: 10X10: Curators Discuss the Future at Pulse Perspectives
And speaking of Pulse, in addition to hosting art fairs and throwing parties at the Americano, it also brings us Pulse Perspectives, a series of roundtable discussions. The topics are nothing if not ambitious: the second talk will ask ten curators and directors to discuss “the future.” Go find out what the future will be like on Saturday.—N.F.
Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 W. 18th Street, New York, 2:00 p.m.
SUNDAY, MARCH 8
Party: Dimanche at the Bowery Hotel
And then, because the people at Babel New York are actual geniuses, they’ve planned a night of meditation after the madness has all wound down. Jose Parla and Daniel Arsham are onboard, along with the grand poobah of the week, Noah Horowitz, who at this point probably needs to sit and say “Om” for a while more than anybody.—N.F.
The Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, New York, 6 p.m., invitation only