The Gallerina Guide to the Fall Openings in Chelsea

There are 300+ galleries holding openings in Chelsea this season. WNYC has mapped out which ones we think have the most potential to offer something intriguing — be it art or people-watching.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011 - 12:00 PM


It is a season of cataclysms. And it's time to add another to the list: New York City's countless art galleries will come out of summer hibernation for the fall openings this week. That means the city will see itself deluged by an end-of-days storm of architectural eyewear, deconstructed designer clothing and incredibly cheap chardonnay.

To help ease your way through this veritable tornado of air kissing, we've teamed up with WNYC's digital guru John Keefe to create an incredibly handy downloadable map and mobile phone guide to the Chelsea fall art openings.

Never again will you have to debate on which of Chelsea's many look-alike blocks Tonya Bonakdar is located on. Or show up at Luhring Augustine on the wrong night. Or wonder what type of art might be in store for you at Friedrich Petzel. We've put it all on paper — and online and on your phone. And we've even included food and drink options, spots where you can kick up the stilettos or scarf disco fries.

Simply download and print out our simple simple PDF map here, which features opening and location information for the roughly two dozen spots that we think have the most potential to offer something intriguing — be it art or people-watching. 

If you are reading this on a smartphone, you can navigate a Web version of the map here.

If you'd like to hear a little bit more about the gallery, the art or the artist at each spot, you can dial into our audio guide and enter the location number. You'll then get the down-low on what could be cool — or just damn entertaining. To activate the audio guide, dial 646-807-4145. After receiving the prompt, enter the location number.

See you in Chelsea!!! We'll be the ones in the flame headdresses.

Audio production by Abbie Fentress Swanson


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Comments [9]

namiyo kubo

I have my solo show
"The Ocean of light" at Viridian Artists Inc..
Based on the philosopher Kant's saying "The staring heaven above and..." I have given the time to think of the infinite universe and human life. Influenced by those thoughts, I have painted the surface of Wave.

Oct. 25 2011 07:14 AM
viridian artists from Chelsea

The gallery Viridian Artists, recently moved to 547 W 27th/ 548 W 28th St to a great gallery blg. Find us in #632 & come Tuesday Oct 18, to the reception for a great new show by Japanese artist, Namiyo Kubo. PLEASE PUT US ON YOUR MAP! & hoping to see you soon!

Oct. 12 2011 10:51 AM
Christa Carr from New York, 455 W 19th 10011

When in Chelsea, be sure to stop by the new Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space to view the installation: Robert Rauschenberg Photographs 1949-1962, viewed from the street- from 12:00noon to 9:00 pm every day from Friday, September 16th to Oct 3rd.
455 W 19th Street. 10011

Sep. 13 2011 11:31 PM

@john: i was there... hit a bunch of spaces... dug the marianne vitale sculpture at thierry goldberg...

Sep. 08 2011 01:01 PM

I heard you on the radio this morning talking about the Chelsea openings tonight. Unfortunately you missed the season opening for galleries on the LES last night. Be sure to get down there too as there are over 60 galleries now.

Sep. 08 2011 12:24 PM
ellen from nyc

Thank you, I look forward to spending a day in art, knowing where to go!!

Sep. 08 2011 09:21 AM

@berachenyc: They're on the print-out version of the map. If you're viewing it digitally, a link to the audio will emerge when you click on a bubble icon on the map.

Sep. 06 2011 09:18 PM

cant seem to find the location I missing something?

Sep. 06 2011 05:25 PM

Between this and the LES openings tomorrow I'm expecting a lot of hangovers this week.

Sep. 06 2011 03:24 PM

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About Gallerina

Carolina A. Miranda is a regular contributor to WNYC and blogs about the arts for the station as "Gallerina." In addition to that, she contributes articles on culture, travel and the arts to a variety of national and regional media, including Time, ArtNews, Travel + Leisure and Budget Travel and Florida Travel + Life. She has reported on the burgeoning industry of skatepark design, architectural pedagogy in Southern California, the presence of street art in museums and Lima's burgeoning food scene, among many other subjects. In 2008, she was named one of eight fellows in the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program for her arts and architecture blog, which has received mentions in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. In January of 2010, the Times named her one of nine people to follow on Twitter. Got a tip? E-mail her at c [@] c-monster [dot] net


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