Are you visiting Chelsea, NYC this May?

This vibrant and unique district is full of fabulous fine art and great places to eat. Use the map below to find the exhibitions that are right for you and restaurants where you can relax and refresh. You Are Here is here for you.

Abstract Art

Aelita Andre, Paleontologists Footprint Dinosaurs Nesting Grounds, Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas.
  • 1. Neil Gall. Cut-Outs, Offcuts and Holes, Apr 30-Jun 06
    David Nolan Gallery — 527 W. 29th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-925-6190
  • 2. Michal Bohdankiewicz. Works, Apr 30-Jun 06
    Ana Cristea Gallery — 521 W. 26th Street
    Tue-Sat: 11-6 P: 212-904-1100
  • 3. Brent Wadden, Apr 23-May 30
    Mitchell-Innes and Nash — 534 W. 26th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-744-7400
  • 4. Bo Joseph. Hiding In Plain Sight, Apr 16-May 16
    Sears Peyton Gallery — 210 11th Avenue
    Tue-Fri: 10-6, Sat: 11-6 P: 212-966-7469
  • 5. Erin Parish. Preferred Reality Option #108, Apr 23-Jun 06
    Winston Wachter Fine Art — 530 W. 25th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-255-2718
  • 6. Suzanne Caporael. The Landscape, Apr 23-May 23
    Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe — 525 W. 22nd Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-445-0051
  • 7. Mary Corse , Apr 23-Jun 13
    Lehmann Maupin — 536 W. 22nd Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-255-2923
  • 8. First Light. Rebecca Salter, Apr 13-May 23
    Howard Scott Gallery — 529 W. 20th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10:30-6 P: 646-486-7004
  • 9. Jutta Koether. Fortune, May 07-Jun 06
    Bortolami — 520 W. 20th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-727-2050
  • 10. Lee Lozano Drawings & Paintings, May 14-Jul 31
    Hauser & Wirth | Chelsea — 511 W. 18th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-790-3900
  • 11. Henry Rothman. Collages , Apr 30-May 30
    Lori Bookstein Fine Art — 138 10th Avenue
    Tue-Sat: 10:30-6 P: 212-750-0949
  • 12. Garth Weiser, May 11-Jun 20
    Casey Kaplan — 121 W. 27th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-645-7335

Receptions

Events

Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography
Agora Gallery
530 W. 25th Street
P. 212-226-4151
Apr 30, 6-8

Beverly Buchanan. And You May Find Yourself...
Andrew Edlin Gallery
134 10th Avenue
P. 212-206-9723
May 02, 4-6

Michael Zelehoski. New Order
Mike Weiss Gallery
520 W. 24th Street
P. 212-691-6899
May 07, 6-8

Kim McCarty
Morgan Lehman Gallery
535 W. 22nd Street
P. 212-268-6699
May 07, 6-8

Tarot. Robert Preston
Galerie Protégé
197 9th Ave
P. 212-807-8726
May 07, 6-8

From The Ruins...
601Artspace
601 W. 26th Street
P. 212-243-2735
May 08, 6-9

Jutta Koether. Fortune
Bortolami
520 W. 20th Street
P. 212-727-2050
May 09, 12-6

Melodie Provezano. Stealth Peace
Nancy Margolis Gallery
523 W. 25th Street
P. 212-242-3013
May 14, 6-8

Lee Lozano Drawings & Paintings
Hauser & Wirth | Chelsea
511 W. 18th Street
P. 212-790-3900
May 14, 6-8

Clifford Ross. The Abstract Edge: Photographs, 1996-2001
Ryan Lee
515 W. 26th Street
P. 212-397-0742
May 14, 6-8

Cildo Meireles
Galerie Lelong
528 W. 26th Street
P. 212-315-0470
May 15, 6-8

Viola Frey. A Personal Iconography
Nancy Hoffman Gallery
520 W. 27th Street
P. 212-966-6676
May 16, 10-12

Chester Higgins. Recent photographs of Ethiopia's unique landscape
Skoto Gallery
529 W. 20th Street
P. 212-352-8058
May 21, 6-8

Hank Feeley. Hat Trick
First Street Gallery
526 W. 26th Street
P. 646-336-8053
May 28, 6-9

Self-Care as Activism: a conversation and sensory experience
CUE Art Foundation 137 W 25th St New York, NY
May 02 2pm
free, RSVP

Judith Barlow Prize Play Reading
Helen Mills Theater 139 West 26th Street
May 03
For reservations please visit our website.

Comedy Classes: The Stepping Stones to Stand-Up Comedy
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
May 03 11:30am
$375

May Sundays: Origami!
THE RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART 150 West 17th St.
May 03 1pm
$5 per child; Adults pay regular admission; Free to children under 1 year and Free for Cool Culture.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue
May 05 - May 10, Tuesday 7:30pm Wednesday 7:30pm Thursday 8pm Friday 8pm Saturday 2pm & 8pm Sunday 2pm
start at $10

Tim Fain plays Philip Glass: Partita for Solo Violin
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th Street
May 05 8pm
$12

V. Bozeman
Highline Ballroom 431 W 16th St.
May 07 8pm
$15-$35

Lang Dance: Spring Performance
New York Live Arts, 219 W. 19th Street
May 08 - May 09, 7:30pm
$9/ Free for all New School students, faculty and alumni

American Comedy Institute Kids Show
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
May 09 3pm
$12

AABR Comedy Event
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
May 12 7:15pm
$65

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue
May 12 - May 24, Tuesday 7:30pm Wednesday 7:30pm Thursday 8pm Friday 8pm Saturday 2pm & 8pm Sunday 2pm
start at $10

Joanne Kyger and Stephen Motika. Readings in Contemporary Poetry
Dia:Chelsea, 535 W. 22nd Street, 5th Floor
May 12 6:30pm
$6 general admission; $3 Dia members, students, and seniors

FRIEZE WEEK NYC
CENTER 548 // CHELSEA (formerly the Dia Building, between 10th and 11th avenue on 22nd Street)
May 13 - May 17, VIP PREVIEW Wednesday May 13th | 6:00-10:00pm GENERAL HOURS Thursday May 14th | 2:00-10:00pm Friday May 15th | 2:00-10:00pm Saturday May 16th | 12:00-10:00pm Sunday May 17th | 12:00-6:00pm

The Main Squeeze
Highline Ballroom 431 W 16th St.
May 14 9pm
$20 in advance, $25 day of show

Art Miami NY
12th Ave at 55th St Pier 94
May 16 - May 17, from noon to 6PM
Free with advanced registration

Erica Baum on Lawrence Weiner. Artists on Artists Lecture Series
Dia:Chelsea, 535 W. 22nd Street, 5th Floor
May 19 6:30pm

Advanced Class Show: The Squeezebox
UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street
May 19 11pm
$5

Emin: In Concert
Highline Ballroom 431 W 16th St.
May 19 8pm
$25 SRO / $70 VIP

Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY
New York Live Arts, 219 W. 19th Street
May 20 - May 23, 7:30pm
$10 seniors/students; $15 advance purchase; $20 day of performance

May and June at Agora Gallery
Agora Gallery, 530 W. 25 Street
May 21 6:00-8:00pm
free

Fucking Identical Twins: A Musical Ass Wednesday
UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street
May 22 7:30pm
$10

The Complete Pink Floyd Experience: Beyond The Wall
Highline Ballroom 431 W 16th St.
May 23 8pm
$15 - $25

Esopus 22: Medicine
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th Street
May 26 7pm
free

Late Night Writer Review
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
May 26 7:30pm
$15

Wendy Whelan / Restless Creature
Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue
May 26 - May 31, Tuesday 7:30pm Wednesday 7:30pm Thursday 8pm Friday 8pm Saturday 2pm & 8pm Sunday 2pm
start at $10

SPANK
UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street
May 28 6:30pm
$5

Matana Roberts: Coin Coin: The Remix
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th Street
May 29 - May 30, 8pm
$15

The High Line

Chelsea is best known for its many art galleries, with visitors continually delighted by the diversity of mediums, themes and artists all displayed in a single neighborhood. Since the opening of the High Line, though, the area has had another claim to fame, one which can provides a unique, relaxing space that can be enjoyed by tourists, art lovers and those who live and work nearby.

The High Line was originally an elevated railway that used to carry goods from warehouses in Chelsea to other places around the city. It was originally designed as a safer form of transport – far better than the previous method of sending cargo by means of freight trains which ran at street level and caused numerous accidents. Over time, however, other methods of moving things around were devised, and by 1980 the High Line seemed an anachronism which ceased to function, falling gently into disuse and decay.

When Chelsea began to revive in the 1990s, property developers were keen to dismantle it. But a determined group of citizens, who formed the group Friends of the High Line and eventually convinced the city to support their ideas, were convinced that with time, effort and vision, the High Line could become something special and valuable in the area.

Walking along the High Line today, it seems clear that they could not have been more right. The old tracks have become a delightful promenade which runs along above the streets, giving visitors an opportunity to see some wonderful New York views whilst surrounded by beauty and greenery. The plants have been carefully chosen so that some of the wild varieties which took root there when they were allowed to run wild are still represented, giving sensitive viewers a sense of what it would have been like then. This impression is increased by the metal tracks which still remain visible in some parts of the walk, a reminder of the past that gives the present design a feeling of movement and flow.

As befits an attraction in the heart of New York’s art district, the High Line also boasts public art sculptures and installations, some of which last for months, and others which are only present for a few weeks or even hours. These, too, are mindful of the space they inhabit and fit beautifully into the scene even as they encourage thoughtfulness about the nature of the place.

A refreshing change from the frenetic pace that often characterizes the city below, the High Line is the perfect place for anyone in Chelsea to relax, unwind and take time to appreciate the area.

Check out the website for more information.

Tom Otterness - Life Underground

Often we are so busy waiting for the latest art installation to open, or to visit an exhibition that has been much discussed, that we forget that we are already surrounded by art and exhibitions, both in and outside galleries and art related venues. This is particularly true in Chelsea, where every wall, staircase and corner might surprise you with a unique piece of artwork when you least expect it. That’s why, this month, we decided to feature and celebrate the amazing permanent public artwork of Tom Otterness - “Life Underground” – as a reminder that beauty and art can be everywhere and that that potential surrounds us always, as long as we are paying attention. Otterness, who is an American sculptor, created an army of over 100 small and medium sized bronze figures in 2001 and scattered them throughout the subway station at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue, here in Chelsea. The project was commissioned by the MTA’s Arts for Transit and today it is still one of the most popular public art projects in New York City. The sculptures represent people, animals and abstract subjects, all reinvented in a cartoon style and represented in different situations and activities. The result is the creation of a permanent parallel universe, charming and playful because of the combination of the subjects and their interactions, but also serious and judgmental because of their allusions to our real world and to the people who are constantly walking, sitting or running around them. The artist described the whole project as showing the “impossibility of understanding life in New York,” but the more you look at his figures, the more you actually feel the opposite – as if these little figures really understood it all much better than many of the passersby.

So, next time you’re at the subway station in Chelsea, look out for these thought-provoking sculptures. We never get tired of them!

14th Street and 8th Avenue, New York, NY
http://www.tomostudio.com/artworks/life-underground

You Are Here is a great way to make the most of your time in Chelsea. This site makes it easy to see where you are in the neighborhood and provides carefully designed themed walking tours of the art galleries that have made Chelsea famous throughout the world.

It also contains information about exhibition openings, receptions, and the special events scheduled to take place in the area. You can see what’s on and where it’s happening, as well as work out how to get there.

When you’re tired after a morning of exhibition hopping, or an afternoon browsing galleries, you can take a look at the restaurant information and let You Are Here guide you to a comfortable place to sit and have a bite to eat.

You Are Here has a fully functional mobile site, so if you're out and about in Chelsea, all you need to do is pull out your phone and check the site to find the details you need.

All the information you need for a fabulous day out in Chelsea, all in one place!

You Are Here directs discerning visitors right to the restaurants and galleries that interest them. And that means qualified traffic for you.

You Are Here covers Chelsea’s vibrant arts scene — spotlighting exhibitions, special events and galleries. With a clean, reader-friendly design, You Are Here points foodie visitors hungry for more, to the restaurants and cafes that that will appeal to their eclectic tastes, from Cheap Eats to Upscale Dining and from Kid Friendly Restaurants to Celeb-Spotting Restaurants.

Plus, You Are Here's handy 8" x 3.5" size makes it easy for readers to carry with them and refer to while they're on the go.

Also important,You Are Here reaches them where they stay - in the city's hotels as well as in strategically located street boxes, selected cafes, bars, restaurants, art galleries and tourist information booths.

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