THE ARMORY SHOW is held annually in New York City, home to more galleries, artists, critics and art institutions than any other city in the world, a mecca for serious collectors. According to a 2007 survey, 56% of our 52,000 visitors to the fair were from outside New York City, and over a third of them came from outside the United States.
New York City has designated Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., the fair’s parent company, to renovate and expand the exhibition spaces on Pier 92 and 94, opening the door to an eventual investment of over $100 million. Construction is projected to begin in late 2009 and, when completed in 2011, will establish an additional 150,000 square feet of exhibition space, along with a new infrastructure of restaurant spaces, restrooms, and trucking facilities for exhibitions and events.
THE ARMORY SHOW provides exhibitors two VIP-only lounges and several public areas featuring restaurants, bars and places to meet collectors on both piers.
The booths at THE ARMORY SHOW - MODERN will showcase the GES Premium Wall System, a state-of-the-art panel system favored by museums for its seamless appearance. The walls are produced with environmentally friendly and formaldehyde free materials.
THE ARMORY SHOW offers optional wireless Internet service to exhibitors. Cellular reception is optimal throughout the pier and telephone lines are also available on request. Other amenities include free shuttle bus services and ample rooftop parking.
THE ARMORY SHOW continues to be the catalyst for “Armory Week,” an exciting series of events in New York City that have become requisite in the international art circuit. Over twenty prominent art collectors open their homes for exclusive Armory Show VIP viewings, embassies and international cultural consuls including the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Belgian Consulate, the British Consul General, the French Embassy, the Swiss Institute, and museums such as the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art hold special receptions for our VIP guests.
The VIP program is also reaching out to more museums and institutions – including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library & Museum – to reflect our new extension into historical works.