The Armory Show
September 8–11, 2022
Where: Javits Center, 429 11th Avenue
When: VIP Preview Day, Thursday, September 8, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; public opening Friday, September 9, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday, September 10, 12 p.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, September 11, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Admission: $55 general admission
What to Know: Compared to many fairs, the Armory Show had a fairly easy time of it over the last two-and-a-half years, opening just before lockdown in 2020 with a plan already in place to delay the next edition for about 18 months. Now, for the event’s second outing at the Javits Center, European galleries are back in full force, after around a quarter of participants had to remain virtual in 2021 due to travel restrictions.
The 247 exhibitors will be split between six sections, including ones for solo artist presentations, nonprofit organizations, and emerging dealers who have been in business 10 years or less. Outside, Armory Off-Site will bring public art to various sites across the city, including the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Flushing Meadows, Queens. There will also be work by Juan Capistrán in Bella Abzug Park, Adam Parker Smith at Ruth Wittenberg Triangle, Tomokazu Matsuyama at Flatiron Plaza, and Carolina Caycedo on Times Square’s digital billboards for the nightly Midnight Moment.
This year’s fair also introduces Armory Spotlight, a new program giving one New York cultural institution a year a free booth at the fair. The inaugural honoree is beloved experimental art and performance nonprofit the Kitchen. Founded in 1971, the Kitchen will open its archives for the fair, revisiting important artist projects from across its five-decade-plus history.
Health and Safety: Neither proof of vaccination nor face masks are required.