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. Elias Sime. Twisted & Hidden, Apr 28-Jun 17
    James Cohan — 533 W. 26th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-714-9500
  • 2. New Work, New York, Apr 27-Jun 03
    Edward Thorp Gallery — 531 W. 26th Street
    Tue-Sat: 11-6 P: 212-691-6565
  • 3. Julian Stanczak: The Life of the Surface, Paintings, 1970 – 1975, May 18-Jun 24
    Mitchell-Innes & Nash — 534 W. 26th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-744-7400
  • 4. Lucas Ajemian. A clean glitch, Apr 19-May 20
    Marlborough Contemporary — 545 W. 25th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-463-8634
  • 5. H.A. Sigg. The River, Apr 29-May 24
    Walter Wickiser Gallery — 210 11th Avenue
    Tue-Sat: 11-6 P: 212-941-1817
  • 6. Portal to Enigma , Apr 25-May 16
    Agora Gallery — 530 W. 25th Street
    Tue-Sat: 11-6 P: 212-226-4151
  • 7. Lygia Clark. Modulated Space, Apr 29-Jun 17
    Luhring Augustine — 531 W. 24th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-206-9100
  • 8. Robert Mangold. Paintings and Works on Paper 2013 - 2017, May 06-Jun 17
    Pace Gallery — 510 W. 25th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-255-4044
  • 9. Jay Heikes: Keep Out, May 05-Jun 17
    Marianne Boesky Gallery — 507 W. 24th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-680-9889
  • 10. Patrick Wilson, Apr 27-May 26
    Ameringer McEnery Yohe — 525 W. 22nd Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-445-0051
  • 11. David Novros, Apr 27-Jun 02
    Paula Cooper Gallery — 534 W. 21st Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-255-1105
  • 12. William T. Williams: Things Unknown. Paintings, 1968-2017, Apr 07-Jun 03
    Michael Rosenfeld Gallery — 100 11th Avenue
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-247-0082

Receptions

Events

Selma Fink. Recent Works
Atlantic Gallery
547 W. 27th Street
P. 212-219-3183
Apr 20, 5-8

Portal to Enigma
Agora Gallery
530 W. 25th Street
P. 212-226-4151
Apr 27, 6-8

Susan Kadish. The Fire Within: A Solo Exhibition of Ceramics
Agora Gallery
530 W. 25th Street
P. 212-226-4151
Apr 27, 6-8

Patrick Wilson
Ameringer McEnery Yohe
525 W. 22nd Street
P. 212-445-0051
Apr 27, 6-8

Persistence of Form
Agora Gallery
530 W. 25th Street
P. 212-226-4151
Apr 27, 6-8

Lygia Clark. Modulated Space
Luhring Augustine
531 W. 24th Street
P. 212-206-9100
Apr 28, 6-8

Elias Sime. Twisted & Hidden
James Cohan
533 W. 26th Street
P. 212-714-9500
Apr 28, 6-8

Whitfield Lovell: What's Past is Prologue, Early Works 1987-1998
DC Moore Gallery
535 W. 22nd Street
P. 212-247-2111
May 04, 6-8

Alex Gabriel Bernstein
George Billis Gallery
525 W. 26th Street
P. 212-645-2621
May 04, 6-8

H.A. Sigg. The River
Walter Wickiser Gallery
210 11th Avenue
P. 212-941-1817
May 04, 6-8

Mark Ruwedel. HELL and HOME
Yossi Milo Gallery
245 10th Avenue
P. 212-414-0370
May 04, 6-8

Mike Mandel: Good 70’s
Robert Mann Gallery
525 W. 26th Street
P. 212-989-7600
May 11, 6-8

…Or Curse the Darkness: Artists Respond to Our Moment
Atlantic Gallery
547 W. 27th Street
P. 212-219-3183
May 18, 5:30–8:30

Shirin Neshat: Dreamers
Gladstone Gallery
515 W. 24th Street
P. 212-206-9300
May 18, 6-8

Annie Morris. Cobalt Blue
Winston Wächter Fine Art
530 W. 25th Street
P. 212-255-2718
May 18, 6-8

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

ART TALK & TOUR
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
May 01 11:30-12:30pm
Free for visitors 65 and older

Limón Dance Company
The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue
May 02 - May 07, 7:30pm
Start at $10

SACRED
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
May 05 7-9pm
$15

MOTTLED & MARBLED
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
May 07 1-4pm
Free

Frances Scholz: AMBOY
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th Street
May 08 7pm
$15

Richmond Ballet
The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue
May 09 - May 14, 7:30pm
Start at $10

Whose Live Anyway?
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
May 10 8pm
$35

90's Party w/ White Ford Bronco
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street
May 12 8pm
$18

We Know How You Die!
UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street
May 12 7:30pm
$12

Parsons Dance
The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue
May 16 - May 28, 7pm
Start at $10

Love is Love
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street
May 16 10pm
$20

Better Jeopardy!!
UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street
May 17 6:30pm
$5

For this from that will be filled
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th Street
May 17 7:30pm
$15

Kids n' Comedy Show!
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
May 21 1pm
$18

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

Dance and Process
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th Street
May 25 - May 26, 12pm
$15

The Gotham All-Stars!
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
May 29 8pm
$15

Gavin James
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street
May 30 8pm
$20-$35

Night Late
UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street
May 31 11pm
$5

RIOULT Dance NY
The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue
May 31 - Jun 04, 7:30pm
Start at $10

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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