New York Art Fairs Are Returning, Eyes Open and Fingers Crossed

Major exhibitions like the Armory Show are coming back from a pandemic hiatus, but travel restrictions and the rise of the Delta variant are challenging their plans.

By Zachary Small,

“Armory Show organizers said that the majority of ticket sales occur just before the event and without reservations, so it’s difficult to say how crowded the showroom floor will be. In a typical year, the show welcomes about 54,000 people during its run time, but the pandemic has led to some health and safety measures that could limit crowds. Those include a mask mandate inside the exhibition, timed tickets and either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of entering the Javits Center. Two other fairs opening that same week have adopted the same policies: the Spring/Break Art Show at 625 Madison Avenue and the Future Fairat 601 West 26th Street. However, visitors wishing to attend Independent at the Battery Maritime Building and Art on Paper at Pier 36 must be vaccinated.

Despite setbacks and uncertainty, the Armory Show is proceeding with a program that revises its model.”

Source: The New York Times