Your Guide to Armory Arts Week 2013

by Hazel Cills
The Armory Show might be one of the most important art fairs in the world, but it can also be suffocatingly difficult to navigate. Lucky for you, Paper has gathered this week's best events and shows for you right here in one spot. Check out our picks at The Armory Show below: 

The SPRING/BREAK Art Show (see pics here), a "curated-driven" show featuring work from the five boroughs, is back. This year's theme is "New Mysticism," and will pair digital art practices and technology with older 20th century art.
The Old School in NoLita at 233 Mott Street, March 7th-10th

This MoMA Armory Party, which benefits exhibition programming, will feature a performance by the one and only Solange along with other DJs and live musicians in celebration of the opening of The Armory Show. Supporting the arts and getting to dance to one of our favorite singers ever? Yeah, we're there. 
Wednesday, March 6th,VIP Access: 8pm-12pm, General Admission: 9pm-12pm

Brooklyn-based artist Travis Boyer will invite the audience to drink tequila off his chest for a "margarita performance" that engages in relational performance and feminist iconography. Sounds like our kind of art!
ISA, 348 Wythe Avenue (upstairs), Wednesday, March 6th, 9pm-2am

Come see a group exhibition of Bronx-based artists curated by the Bronx River Art Center. At night, the event will feature live music, dancing and a spoken word performance. Andrew Freedman Home 1125 Grand Concourse, Thursday, March 7th, 11am-5pm 

Bushwick Armory Night at NURTUREart

NURTUREart Gallery will be open until 10 p.m. on March 9th in Bushwick. It will be the last night to see the Gallery's exhibition "Never While You're Sleeping..." by Siobhan McBride. Other galleries in the area will be staying up late as well and you can score drink specials at local bars with the secret password "Bushwick Galleries Late Night." Ooh, secret!
56 Bogart Street, Saturday, March 9th, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

Aperture at The Armory Show
The Aperture Foundation's recently launched photography magazine Aperture will be showcasing the limited-edition photographs by Christopher Williams, Michele Abeles, Andrew Norman Wilson, Zoe Strauss and more. Additionally, their both at the art fair will be selling prints by Rinko Kawauchi, Richard Misrach, Dough Rickard and others.
Booth 287, Pier 94, Thursday, March 7th-10th, 12pm-7pm

Mana Contemporary Honors Marina Abramović
The holy grandma of performance art Marina Abramović will be honored for her body of work and her achievements in the arts. The invite-only event, which will be hosted by Charlie Rose, will also include a modern dance performance choreographed by Karole Armitage.
Milk Studios, 450 West 15th St, March 7th

Focus Annex at The Ace Hotel
Curated by Eric Shiner (director of the Andy Warhol Museum), the Focus Annex at The Armory features photographs by artist Jamie Warren and a video installation of Cody Critcheloe, front man of the "disco punk" band SSION. Both artists have a flare for the unusual (like crazy props, insane costumes, and body paint), so this will no doubt be a super fun show.
20 West 29th Street, March 1st-6th, 12pm

There are are also a host of alternative art shows happening in addition to or in conjunction with The Armory Show. If the high-profile atmosphere of the Armory crowd isn't for you, check out some of the more independent shows below that are occurring around the same time:

The (Un)Fair Anti-Armory Show

Do you hate boring art booths and love free ice cream? Then you''ll love (UN)FAIR, a pop-up exhibition featuring a small group of artworks on display that shy away from the more traditional, commercialized art fair scene. The event is hosted by Ben and Jerry's, so that means awesome free ice cream for all as well.
500 West 52nd Street, March 6th-10th.

Volta NY 2013
Volta, an invitational show of up and coming artists and their solo projects. Through this innovative solo format, featuring artists and galleries of any age, Volta's take on contemporary at is far beyond the traditional art fair format.
82 Mercer Street, March 7th-10th

Personal Desire Propaganda
Curator Grayson Cox is putting on an art show as part of Brooklyn Armory that features $10 limited-edition posters designed by 27 different artists. Now everyone can walk away from The Armory Show with a piece of art!
Front Street Galleries, 111 Front Street Suite 208, March 7th-March 30th, 6pm-9pm.

The Tumblr Art Symposium

Art blog Hyperallergic and Tumblr are presenting the world's first Tumblr symposium for art in Bushwick. In addition to exhibitions featuring prominent artists who use Tumblr primarily as their medium the event will also have drinks and dancing. We can't wait to see our Tumblr dashboard favorites IRL.
319 Scholes Street, Brooklyn, March 9th, 6pm-1am.

Fountain Art Fair

Rooted in the Williamsburg art scene, the Fountain Art Fair celebrates smaller, independent galleries and aims to re-define the art fair experience from a more alternative and avant-garde position. This year Fountain's eclectic exhibitors include ART Collective, Uprise Art, iArt4 and more.
68 Lexington Avenue, March 8th-10th, opening reception March 8th at 7pm

Scope International Art Fair

Crossing creative disciplines and geographic boundaries, Scope is leading the show in international, emerging contemporary art.
312 West 33rd Street, March 6th-10th

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