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. Jorinde Voigt. Integral, May 04-Jun 23
    David Nolan Gallery — 527 W. 29th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-925-6190
  • 2. Lorser Feitelson: Curvilinear, Apr 24-May 25
    Cristin Tierney Gallery — 540 W. 28th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-594-0550
  • 3. Roni Sherman Ramos. Stop Making Sense, Apr 24-May 12
    Atlantic Gallery — 547 W. 27th Street
    Tue-Sat: 12-6; Thu: 12-8 P: 212-219-3183
  • 4. Rey Parla. Multiplicities , Mar 22-May 12
    Benrubi Gallery — 521 W. 26th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-888-6007
  • 5. Keltie Ferris. (F(U(T( )U)R)E), Apr 12-May 19
    Mitchell-Innes & Nash — 534 W. 26th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-744-7400
  • 6. Al Held: Paris to New York 1952–1959, May 17-Jul 06
    Cheim & Read — 547 W. 25th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-242-7727
  • 7. Karen Green Recor, Apr 28-May 22
    Walter Wickiser Gallery — 210 11th Avenue
    Tue-Sat: 11-6 P: 212-941-1817
  • 8. Rachel Lee Hovnanian. PART II: Happy Hour, Apr 20-May 31
    Leila Heller Gallery — 568 W. 25th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-249-7695
  • 9. RIME: CODE, Apr 05-May 06
    532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel — 532 W. 25th Street
    Tue-Fri: 11-6; Sat: 12-5 P: 917-701-3338
  • 10. Julia Dault: More Than Words, Apr 26-Jun 09
    Marianne Boesky Gallery — 509 W. 24th Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-680-9889
  • 11. Katia Santibañez: A Timeless Gaze, May 03-Jun 16
    DC Moore Gallery — 535 W. 22nd Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-247-2111
  • 12. Matthias Meyer. Spring, Apr 27-May 25
    Danese/Corey — 511 W. 22nd Street
    Tue-Sat: 10-6 P: 212-223-2227

Receptions

Events

Jordan Wolfson. Riverboat Song
David Zwirner
533 W. 19th Street
P. 212-727-2070
May 02, 6-8

Ursula von Rydingsvard. Torn
Galerie Lelong & Co.
528 W. 26th Street
P. 212-315-0470
May 03, 6-8

Karen Green Recor
Walter Wickiser Gallery
210 11th Avenue
P. 212-941-1817
May 03, 6-8

Katia Santibañez: A Timeless Gaze
DC Moore Gallery
535 W. 22nd Street
P. 212-247-2111
May 03, 6-8

Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography
Agora Gallery
530 W. 25th Street
P. 212-226-4151
May 03, 6-8

Lorser Feitelson: Curvilinear
Cristin Tierney Gallery
540 W. 28th Street
P. 212-594-0550
May 03, 6-8

Matthias Meyer. Spring
Danese/Corey
511 W. 22nd Street
P. 212-223-2227
May 05, 4-6

Tim Braden: Long, Long, To Everywhere
Ryan Lee Gallery
515 W. 26th Street
P. 212-397-0742
May 17, 6-8

Olaf Otto Becker. Ilulissat
ClampArt
247 W. 29th Street
P. 646-230-0020
May 17, 6-8

Jean Dubuffet. Théâtres de mémoire
Pace Gallery
510 W. 25th Street
P. 212-255-4044
May 17, 6-8

Karen Woods
George Billis Gallery
525 W. 26th Street
P. 212-645-2621
May 17, 6-8

Al Held: Paris to New York 1952–1959
Cheim & Read
547 W. 25th Street
P. 212-242-7727
May 17, 6-8

Toland Sand
George Billis Gallery
525 W. 26th Street
P. 212-645-2621
May 17, 6-8

Life Is But A Dream
Agora Gallery
530 W. 25th Street
P. 212-226-4151
May 24, 6-8

Layla Fanucci
Walter Wickiser Gallery
210 11th Avenue
P. 212-941-1817
May 24, 6-8

A.I.M
The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue
May 01 - May 06, 7:30pm
Start at $10

Charles Atlas
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th Street
May 03 - May 12, 8pm
$25

Collective Exhibition: Illumination
Agora Gallery, 530 W. 25th Street
May 03 6pm
Free

CELEBRATE CHITRA GANESH
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
May 04 6pm
Free

FORBIDDEN PLANET. CABARET CINEMA
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
May 04 9:30pm
$10

TRANSCENDENT TALES
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
May 06 1pm
Free

Premiata Forneria Marconi
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street
May 07 7pm
$55-$95

Limón Dance Company
The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue
May 08 - May 13, 7:30pm
Start at $10

STEVE GORN+EHREN HANSON
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
May 09 6pm
Free

EPMD: Parrish Smith’s 50th Birthday
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street
May 10 9pm
$25-$49.99

Parsons Dance
The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue
May 15 - May 27, 7pm
Start at $10

JOG BLUES. MUSIC
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th Street
May 18 7pm
$30

Kids n' Comedy Show!
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
May 20 1pm
$18

Helmet + Prong
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street
May 23 8pm
$20-$35

UDP: Anne Boyer & Simone White
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th Street
May 24 8pm
Free

Collective Exhibition: Heaven and Earth
Agora Gallery, 530 W. 25th Street
May 24 6pm
Free

The Gotham All-Stars!
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd Street
May 27 8pm
Start at $15

The Hands Free: Album Release
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th Street
May 30 8pm
$20

RIOULT Dance NY
The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue
May 30 - Jun 03, 7:30pm
Start at $10

Fun Lovin' Criminals
Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th Street
May 31 8pm
$27.50-$67.50

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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