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NYC Hosts Month-long Celebration of Contemporary Art


NURTUREart’s presentation at the Volta NY show features David Schoerner’s Untitled (Early Morning), 2011, 30x36.5 inches, Digital C Print.

March 1, 2012 - Throughout the month of March, visual arts exhibitions and fairs abound across the City. In addition to the Art Dealers Association of America Art (ADAA) Show at the Park Avenue Armory and the Armory Show on Piers 92 and 94, many smaller fairs make this one of the most exciting times to be an art lover in New York City. These shows attract gallerists from around the world who present the work of the world’s most dynamic artists for art enthusiasts of all backgrounds to see and enjoy.

Here are some of the highlights of art activities taking place this March. For each of these events, please confirm details with the host organization before planning your visit.

March 1 – April 26
Channeled Earth
Sculptors Guild, 55 Washington Street, Suite 256, Brooklyn

An exhibition of work by Elaine Lorenz. Always looking for new materials and methods, Lorenz has made sculpture in such diverse materials as wood, metal, concrete, encaustic over a wire armature and ceramic, while maintaining an overall view of nature as a dominant source of energy and influence on her work. To learn more, visit sculptorsguild.org.

March 1 – July 27
Funny Ha Ha
BAC Gallery, 111 Front Street, Brooklyn

Can art be critical and humorous? This group show will explore different approaches to using humor in art. Artists include Ernest Concepcion, Katy Higgins, Beth Krebs and Iviva Olenick. Curated by Courtney J. Wendroff, BAC’s Visual Arts Director. For additional details, visit brooklynartscouncil.org.

March 6
Lunch & Learn: Susan Grabel and Socially Conscious Art
Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island

Artist Susan Grabel will speak about her sculpture exhibition. Enjoy a boxed lunch from Pastosa. To learn more, visit statenislandmuseum.org.

March 7-11
The ADAA Art Show
Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue and 67th Street

The longest-running art fair in America, the 24th annual Art Show is organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) to benefit the Henry Street Settlement. The fair presents exhibitions from some of the nation's leading art dealers and galleries showcasing a variety of museum-quality exhibits ranging from cutting-edge 21st century works to masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. For a complete schedule, visit artdealers.org.

March 7-11
SCOPE New York
57th Street and 12th Avenue

SCOPE Art Show returns to New York City for the eleventh year, with a location across from The Armory Show. The 30,000 square foot pavilion on 57th Street and 12th Ave will host SCOPE’s flagship fair, SCOPE New York, featuring over 50 international galleries and museum-quality programming that will highlight groundbreaking, emerging work in contemporary art and beyond. For additional information, visit scope-art.com.

March 8-11
Armory Show
Piers 92 and 94, 12th Avenue and 54th Street

The 2012 edition of this world famous fest will feature an international roster of exciting galleries, the acclaimed Armory Show VIP program, an opening night party at MoMA, the eclectic Open Forum program with major art-world figures, Armory Film - a series of contemporary video and experimental films curated by Moving Image - and Armory Arts Week in partnership with prominent NYC cultural institutions. For further details, visit thearmoryshow.com.

March 6-11
SPRING/BREAK Art Show
The Old School, 233 Mott Street

A new curator-driven art fair during the “arts week.” The fair will inhabit Old School, a four-story schoolhouse located in NoLita. Featuring the projects of 23 curators, the show will abandon the traditional focus on galleries and showcase a range of New York City’s curatorial voices, all surrounding a single exhibition theme - Apocalist: A Brief History of The End. To learn moe, visit springbreakartshow.com.

March 9 - 11
Fountain
69th Street Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue

Presenting itself as an edgy alternative to the traditional art fair, Fountain Art Fair exhibits avant-garde artwork and installations, special events, contemporary performance art, live music and a site-specific outdoor projection at the 69th Regiment Armory. For a schedule of events, visit fountainartfair.com.

March 17-April 20
Indo-American Arts Council
Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora

Artists confront issues of sexuality, terror, disease, the environment, racial and sectarian politics in painting, prints, installations, video and sculpture. With great technical mastery and diversity of theme and style, these works combine traditional Indian aesthetics with Western elements and speak to the powerful experience of personal and cultural dislocation in the global village. In its eighth year, Erasing Borders is curated by Vijay Kumar and produced by the Indo-American Arts Council. To learn morre, visit iaac.us.

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