The Armory Show’s 2019 edition, marking the fair’s 25th Anniversary Year since its founding in 1994. The Armory Show will open with a VIP Preview Day on Wednesday, March 6; the fair will be open to the public March 7–10, 2019.
The Armory Show announced it’s curatorial team for the 2019 edition. Lauren Haynes is curating the New York City art fair’s Focus section, which is dedicated to solo and two-person presentations.
Haynes serves as curator of contemporary art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentionville, Ark. Earlier this year, she organized the museum’s presentation of “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.” Before joining Crystal Bridges, Haynes was associate curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
The Armory Show also announced that Sally Tallant, director of the Liverpool Biennial, will oversee the “Platform” section, which is devoted to large-scale installations and performances. The Curatorial Leadership Summit is being chaired by Dan Byers, director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. (The inaugural summit held earlier this year, was organized by Naomi Beckwith, senior curator at MCA Chicago.)
“We are thrilled to be working with these internationally renowned curators on the occasion of our 25th Anniversary Year,” says Nicole Berry, executive director of the Armory Show, said in a statement. “The gallerists who founded the fair had a strong and important vision to present new voices in the arts. Capturing the spirit of the fair’s early days, while also looking toward the future, we have selected three curators who will bring new energy and perspectives to the 2019 edition. Engaging Sally, Lauren, and Dan reflect the core of our mission, to provide discoveries, intellectual rigor, and thoughtfulness to the fair experience. This is possible through our deep relationships with international curators and institutions, which continue to make The Armory Show New York’s premier destination for top galleries, artists, and collectors alike.”