Sometimes I think there are just too many art galleries in New York City––there might even be more per square feet than Halal trucks––and it can get pretty overwhelming. Luckily, the good people at The New Yorker have organized a tour through SoHo and Chelsea to make it easier for you. And you might run into a Halal truck or two if you get hungry. Buy tickets and reserve your spot today!
The tour begins downtown at AFA at 54 Greene Street with a pretty generous sign-in window from 11:00am to 3:00pm. So grab brunch at a nearby restaurant, have a few mimosas, and then start exploring a careful selection of some amazing galleries that have been expertly chosen by The New Yorker.
A Journey Through The Human Experience
With an array of themes as varied as the number of artists represented, this tour has something for every art lover. Venture through elemental themes like life and death, laugh, then cry, and get a savory glimpse of the human experience through every sense and through every medium.
Man + Consciousness
Start at Mimi Ferzt to witness the combination of man and nature through the calming scenes of Boris Sveshnikov. His simple, elemental representations of mankind and nature illuminate both the beauty and the problems that lie hidden underneath us all. Next, burden yourself with the curse of consciousness at Kent Fine Art’s most recent exhibit, “Hypnotherapy.” The exhibit is a wildly entertaining, multi-artist, multi-media dive into Freudian conceptions of the mind, the subconscious, and its manifestations in art and the every day. Join David Lynch and several other artists for an exhibit that is sure to make your head spin.
Travel a few blocks uptown to intimately familiarize yourself with the first discovery that led us down the path to death and destruction: time. Visit Alexander and Bonin Gallery to see Jorge Macchi’s latest exhibit, “Loop.” The exhibit features three widely varied spaces that showcase his talents in different media, all thematically centered on time and our constant redefinition of its possibilities and limitations. Next, defy time entirely by taking a trip to a prehistoric era at Driscoll Babcock Gallery; get an uninhibited view of nature and see abstract representations of natural phenomena by painter Alan Gussow. You’ll finally be able to rid yourself of the heavy placenta that weighs you down, and just melt away into vast paintings that resemble a world unbeknownst to mankind.
At Betty Cuningham Gallery, see where it all ends as Judy Glantzman’s mournful exhibition takes you through a tour of death, loss, and mourning. Inspired by Picasso’s Guernica and scenes from Goya’s “Los Desastres de la Guerra,” Glantzman’s exhibit is full of hundreds of haunted visuals that are reminiscent of the atrocities suffered during the Holocaust.
To lighten up the mood, escape to the fantastical worlds of Josh Agle (aka SHAG) and Jim Houser at Jonthan LeVine Gallery, or find a true collection of the abstract and the absurd at Jack Shainman Gallery. Finally, immerse yourself in scenes of New York and other concrete jungles at Danziger Gallery and The Derek Eller Gallery in Chelsea. Thierry Cohen, featured at Danziger, boasts a brilliant mixture of the inescapable urbanity of the world along with starscapes extracted from isolated spaces we’ve only dreamt about (such as the Mohave or Sahara desert). He juxtaposes these images against megalopolises like New York or Hong Kong to create a nighttime visual that we have sadly expelled in exchange for tourist attractions and commercial industry.
- The New Yorker’s "Passport to the Arts" (begins at 54 Greene Street) – Sunday, May 4, 2013 – Tour: 11am to 6pm; Wrap Party and Silent Auction: 6pm to 8pm(@ 601 West 26th Street) – tickets required; $55 for one, $99 for two (includes tour and wrap party)
Article by Eric Rydin