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. Group Show, Apr 27-May 21
    Phoenix Gallery — 548 W. 28th Street
    Tue-Sat: 11:30-6 P: 212-226-8711
  • 2. Meera Thompson. Weathering Whether, May 17-Jun 11
    Atlantic Gallery — 547 W. 27th Street
    Tue-Sat: 12-6, Thu: 12-8 P: 212-219-3183
  • 3. Lee Mullican, May 12-Jun 18
    James Cohan — 533 W. 26th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-714-9500
  • 4. Tim Braden: House And Garden, The Abstract In The Everyday, Apr 14-May 14
    Ryan Lee Gallery — 515 W. 26th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-397-0742
  • 5. Juan Uslé: Membrana Porosa, May 05-Jun 18
    Cheim & Read — 547 W. 25th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-242-7737
  • 6. Lee Krasner, Apr 21-Jun 04
    Robert Miller Gallery — 524 W. 26th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-366-4774
  • 7. Heather Hutchison. What I Learned From The Sky, Apr 21-May 27
    Winston Wachter Fine Art — 530 W. 25th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-255-2718
  • 8. Koen Delaere: Vaya, May 12-Jun 18
    Mike Weiss Gallery — 520 W. 24th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-691-6899
  • 9. Sérgio Sister. Disunited Order, Apr 30-Jun 04
    Josée Bienvenu Gallery — 529 W. 20th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-206-7990
  • 10. Thornton Willis. Step Up, Mar 31-May 07
    Elizabeth Harris Gallery — 529 W. 20th Street
    Tue-Sat: 11-6 P: 212-463-9666
  • 11. Paul Feeley: An Artist's Game with Jacks, Apr 07-May 14
    Garth Greenan Gallery — 529 W. 20th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-929-1351
  • 12. Shezad Dawood. Anarchitecture, Apr 09-May 14
    Jane Lombard Gallery — 518 W. 19th Street
    Tue-Fri: 10-6, Sat: 11-6 P: 212-967-8040

Receptions

Events

Jasper Johns. Monotypes
Matthew Marks Gallery
522 W. 22nd Street
P. 212-243-0200
May 04, 6-8

Antony Gormley. Construct
Sean Kelly Gallery
475 10th Avenue
P. 212-239-1181
May 06, 6-8

Koen Delaere: Vaya
Mike Weiss Gallery
520 W. 24th Street
P. 212-691-6899
May 12, 6-8

Chip Hooper. Californiaʼs Pacific 2nd Set
Robert Mann Gallery
525 W. 26th Street
P. 212-989-7600
May 12, 6-8

Meera Thompson. Weathering Whether
Atlantic Gallery
547 W. 27th Street
P. 212-219-3183
May 19, 5-8

Karine Laval. Artificial by Nature
Benrubi Gallery
521 W. 26th Street
P. 212-888-6007
May 19, 6-8

Collective Exhibition
Agora Gallery
530 W. 25th Street
P. 212-226-4151
May 26, 6-8

Banjerd Lekkong: Metamorphosis
Agora Gallery
530 W. 25th Street
P. 212-226-4151
May 26, 6-8

PMT Spring Dance Series - 15th Anniversary Showcase
New York Live Arts, 219 W. 19th Street
May 01 5pm & 7:30 pm
$17 - $20

MAUDE NIGHT
UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street
May 02 9:30pm
$5

São Paulo Dance Company
The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue
May 03 - May 08, Tue-Wed: 7:30pm, Thu-Fri: 8pm, Sat: 2pm & 8pm, Sun: 2pm
Start at $10

Dance and Process
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th Street
May 06 - May 07, 6pm
$15

Art & Wine!
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street
May 07 5pm
$59 - $545

Movement Sculpture
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
May 08 1-4pm
Free

Say Bye to Reason and Hi to Everything
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th Street
May 09 7pm
Free

Cuba Festival
The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue
May 10 - May 22, Mon-Wed: 7:30pm, Thu-Sat: 8pm, Sun: 2pm
Start at $10

ZOFO plays Terry Riley + More
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th Street
May 10 8pm
$15

Jo Firestone Presents: The Unexpectashow
UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street
May 11 11pm
$5

DJ Shakey
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
May 13 6-10pm
Free

Bottles of Laughs (The Vintage Lounge)
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
May 13 7:30pm
$15.00

Magic Bus Presents A Night of Comedy
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
May 17 7:30pm
$25

Sameer Gupta + Michael Gam. Spiral Music
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
May 18 6-9pm
Free

GusGus
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street
May 21 8pm
$20 - $25

Robert Ryman Symposium. Symposia
Dia Art Foundation, 535 W. 22nd Street
May 21 11am-4pm
Start at $5

Conspiracy of Venus
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street
May 22 12pm
$12 - $22

BJM—Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal
The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue
May 24 - May 29, Tue-Wed: 7:30pm, Thu-Fri: 8pm, Sat: 2pm & 8pm, Sun: 2pm
Start at $10

Agora Gallery Reception
Agora Gallery, 530 W. 25th Street
May 26 6-8pm
Free

Joffrey Ballet Concert Group. An Evening of Dance
New York Live Arts, 219 W. 19th Street
May 26 - May 28, May 26-28 at 7pm; May 28 at 2pm
$20-$35

Joey Kola
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
May 27 8pm
Start at $26

ASSSSCAT 3000
UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street
May 29 9:30pm
Free

Elina Pirinen. Joyce UNLEASHED: Personal Symphonic Moment
New York Live Arts, 219 W. 19th Street
May 31 - Jun 01, 7:30pm
$20

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.

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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.

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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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