Last week ARTnews and Art in America came together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Armory Show, New York’s longest-running fair devoted to contemporary art. Art in America kicked off this year’s edition of the show with a conversation at the Gramercy Park Hotel (the original site of the Armory Show, then called the Gramercy International Art Fair) that was moderated by Eric Shiner, artistic director of White Cube gallery, one of the exhibitors in the inaugural fair. Curator Lia Gangitano of Participant Inc and critic Domenick Ammirati shared their research on dealers Pat Hearn and Colin de Land, two of the fair’s founders, and talked about the art world in New York in the 1980s and ’90s. Gallerist Nicole Klagsbrun, another exhibitor at the original show in 1994, recalled the fair’s freewheeling atmosphere.
The previous week, ARTnews Editor-in-Chief Sarah Douglas moderated a discussion on challenges that museum directors face today at the Art Dealers Association of America’s Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory. Panelists were Amy Sadao, director of the ICA Philadelphia; Rich Aste, director of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio; and Martha Tedeschi, director of the Harvard Art Museums. Douglas was also a panelist at the W Hotel as part of the hotel’s “What She Said” initiative, a platform launched in 2016 for women to share their experiences in creative work. At the Armory Show, Douglas moderated a panel on “Sex, Provocation, and New York in the ’90s” with writers Linda Yablonsky and Maura Reilly and dealer Mitchell Algus.
As part of an effort to inspire and educate the next generation of collectors, ARTnews and millennial influencer and philanthropist Toby Milstein cohosted a VIP cocktail reception in the Athena lounge at the Armory Show for the 2019 FUTURE Group this past Thursday. Milstein was joined by friends and fellow influencers to network and share their passion for art. The FUTURE Group was founded in 2018 by Michael Xufu Huang at a celebration at the Brant Foundation for the ARTnews Top 200 Collectors issue. The goal of this invitation-only group is to bring together the next generation of collectors in conjunction with leaders across all industries and occupations to establish the most diverse networking platform in the art world. The next FUTURE Group experience will take place in just a few weeks, during Art Basel Hong Kong, when the inaugural FUTURE Group membership will be announced.
We at Art in America and ARTnews are pleased to present this recap of Armory Week and our Live Media programming highlights. We hope you enjoy it. And a huge thank you to all our sponsors—U.S. Trust, VF Global Insurance, Gramercy Park Hotel, Blue Marble cocktails, Modern Art Conservation, SRI Fine Art Services, and Athena Art Finance. Please visit out ARTnews.com and ArtinAmericamagazine.com for more in-depth coverage of all the happenings during Armory Week.