New York City) The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) is proud to announce programming for the 35th edition of The Art Show, one of the longest-running fairs in the country. Founded in 1989 as a means to bring together some of the country’s top galleries to showcase incisively curated exhibitions of both historical and contemporary works, the fair donates all admissions proceeds to Henry Street Settlement, the social services organization that has aided New Yorkers—raising $36 million to date and making it the city’s premier philanthropic art fair. Coinciding with the 130th anniversary of the Settlement, the 2023 edition will return to the Park Avenue Armory in New York City from November 2-5, with the annual Benefit Preview on Wednesday, November 1.
For this year’s edition, the ADAA strengthens its collaboration with Henry Street Settlement by jointly organizing a special exhibition with artist Kate Capshaw at Henry Street Settlement’s Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center on the Lower East Side. Capshaw, who is known for her Unaccompanied series, which aims to bring public awareness to unhoused youth, will broaden the theme of her original series and create two new oil-based portraits. One depicts individuals who have benefited greatly from the Settlement’s programs, and the other, which will be on view at The Art Show, features a portrait of a Settlement staff member who has inspired the community, bringing the organization’s charitable work to the forefront. This presentation will be further enlivened by a discussion with David Garza, CEO and President of Henry Street Settlement, on Saturday, November 4, wherein Capshaw will discuss these new works and the importance of the Settlement’s work to support New Yorkers in need with education, employment, shelter, and arts programs.
”We are so proud to deepen our relationship with Henry Street Settlement, and highlight the mission of this invaluable organization in our programming for The Art Show,” comments Maureen Bray, ADAA Executive Director. “Taken together, the breadth of this year’s programs reflects the multiplicity of thought and innovative spirit that make The Art Show such a special event.”
Special events will take place on each day of the fair, including a conversation between gallerist-turned- painter Joel Mesler and his Rabbi, moderated by The Jewish Museum’s Leon Levy Associate Curator Shira Backer, about Mesler’s series of rabbinical portraits; a discussion between collector Komal Shah and curator Cecilia Alemani about how they each strive through varied means to champion women artists; and “Meet the Artists”—a longtime favorite amongst The Art Show’s programs—which will return on Sunday, November 5, and provide attendees with the opportunity to meet and mingle with artists exhibiting at the fair as well as experts who can shed light on some of the fair’s standout historical presentations.
Within walking distance of Park Avenue Armory, the ADAA has additionally organized its annual self-guided Upper East Side Gallery Walk, taking place on Saturday, November 4. Visitors are invited to join over 20 member galleries in the surrounding neighborhood which will open their doors to the public and showcase some of the most dynamic exhibitions in New York City this season, free of charge.
Programs held at the Park Avenue Armory are free with fair admission but prior registration is required; seating is first come, first served. Please RSVP here.
Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 4:00pm ~ Alliances and Exchange: Asian American Diasporic Artists in 1960s New York
Join Asian American curators, scholars, and art administrators for a discussion on how Asian artists made alliances and created networks of exchange in order to come to the United States and make sustainable studio practices in New York in the 1960s. Coinciding with Tina Kim Gallery’s historical presentation of Minoru Niizuma and Kim Tschang-Yeul, the conversation will shed light on how artists like Niizuma and Kim acted as bridges for the artist communities of their native countries. The conversation will touch on the relevance of methodology, omissions in the Western art historical canon, diplomacy, and institutional engagement.
Friday, November 3, 2023 at 12:00pm ~ Jews and Other Stories
Join Joel Mesler, Rabbi Korn, and Shira Backer, the Leon Levy Associate Curator at the Jewish Museum, as they unpack the historical precedents and complex family dynamics undergirding Mesler’s new rabbinical portraits created specifically for The Art Show. Mesler’s paintings, which evoke the joy of bat and bar mitzvahs, and the soul- searching of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkoth will be on view in Cheim & Read’s booth at the fair, where a book signing will take place with the artist during the Benefit Preview on November 1.
Panelist: Joel Mesler + Rabbi Korn; Moderator: Shira Backer (The Jewish Museum)
Saturday, November 4, 2023 ~ 1:00pm ~ In Conversation: David Garza and Kate Capshaw
In conjunction with the exhibition at Henry Street Settlement, Kate Capshaw and David Garza will hold a public discussion on Saturday, November 4, 2023. The two will discuss Capshaw’s artistic practice, the nature of their collaboration, and art as an agent of change.
Panelist: Kate Capshaw; Moderator: David Garza (Henry Street Settlement)
Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 3:00pm ~ Making Their Mark: Recharting Art History
Join Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art, and Komal Shah, Founder of the Shah Garg Foundation, as they discuss Making Their Mark, a new exhibition showcasing the works of more than 70 of the most significant women artists from the last eight decades. Curated by Alemani, this landmark exhibit marks the first public viewing of the Shah Garg Collection: a groundbreaking body of work by women collected by Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg.
Panelists: Cecilia Alemani + Komal Shah
Saturday, November 4, 2023 from 3:00 to 5:00pm ~ ADAA Upper East Side Gallery Walk
Join over 20 member galleries for the annual ADAA Upper East Side Gallery Walk. Timed in conjunction with The Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory, galleries in the surrounding neighborhood will open their doors to the public for a collaborative gallery walk event showcasing some of the most dynamic exhibitions in New York City this season, free of charge.
Sunday, November 5, 2023 from Noon to 3:00pm ~ Meet the Artists
A rare opportunity to meet artists with work on view at The Art Show, as well as experts affiliated with historical presentations, who will be present in select exhibitors’ booths to engage with visitors.
The Art Show will be on view from November 2-5, with Benefit Preview on November 1st at The Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue and 67th Street, NYC.
All proceeds from The Art Show benefit Henry Street Settlement, one of New York’s most prominent social service and cultural organizations. Henry Street’s mission is to open doors of opportunity for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs. For 130 years, the Settlement has been a beacon of hope for New Yorkers coping with the effects of poverty and discrimination, lack of access to the arts, unemployment and educational needs, precarious housing, domestic violence, mental illness, or senior isolation. Our 18 Lower East Side-based sites offer a wide range of inclusive, high-impact programs reaching over 50,000 people annually through four program divisions: Education & Employment, Transitional & Supportive Housing, Health & Wellness, and Visual & Performing Arts at Abrons Arts Center. The funds raised at The Art Show play an essential role in helping sustain this vital work.