Upcoming Art Events in New York City

There’s no time to become an art aficionado in New York City like the middle of winter. It’s freezing cold outdoors, but warm and bright inside the doors of the city’s best museums, galleries, and exhibition halls. Thinking of taking up (or building upon) your love of art and design? Here are a few upcoming art events in New York City to add to your calendar.

A work by Marisa Merz, via The Met

Merisa Merz: The Sky is a Great Space at The Met Breuer, Lenox Hill
This is the first stateside retrospective of the Italian sculptor and artist, best known as the lone female member of the Italian Arte Povera family. The show starts January 24  and runs through May.

Tatooed New York
The New-York Historical Society hosts this exhibit, which covers the 300+ years of history of tattooing in the city.  Displays will cover tattoos from early Native American Culture through present day, and the show runs February 6 through April 29.

The Armory Show
If you’re looking for art you can actually take home instead of simply admire, mark your calendar for one of the city’s largest annual art fairs, The Armory Show. The show brings some of the world’s leading art galleries and artists, who display thousands of works on Piers 92 and 94.The show takes place March 1-4.

Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim
To celebrate the museum’s 80th anniversary, the famed spiral rotunda will become a display of some of the museum’s most famous works form both its New York and Italian collections. The exhibit runs from Feburary 9 until September 5.

A scene from the Outsider Art Fair, via the fair’s website.

The Outsider Art Fair
Another shoppable scene, and one of New York’s fastest-growing art fairs, The Outsider Art Fair is celebrating its 25th Anniversary January 19-22 at the Metropolitan Pavillion. Unfamiliar with Outsider Art? It’s essentially a genre made up of individuals who practice “outside” of the traditional art scene, and have no ties to any particular media, movement, or style other that what inspires them personally.

Hopefully that’s enough to keep your weekends occupied through spring! And if you find any new art you love at one of the fairs, you know who to call to help hang it.