Twelfth Ave at 55th St.
Pier 92: Modern
Pier 94: Contemporary
March 3-6, $30 per day, Run of Show Pass $60, Armory/VOLTA Pass $40
Named after the legendary 1913 Armory Show, the thirteenth Armory Show: The International Fair of New Art begins today on the Far West Side, with eighty galleries at Pier 92 displaying modern and historically significant contemporary art, two hundred booths at Pier 94 featuring new work by living artists, and another eighteen from seven countries taking part in “Armory Focus: Latin America.” Among the special programming is “Open Forum,” held at both the Armory Show and VOLTA and consisting of such free discussions as “In Conversation: Richard Flood and Gabriel Kuri” (the Mexican-born, Belgium-based Kuri was commissioned to give the 2011 fair its unique visual identity) and “Ask Los Artistes” today, “Art Funds: Is Now the Time?” and “Spectacle Against Spectacle” on Friday, “In Conversation: Ivan Navarro and Victor Zamudio-Taylor” and “Post-Conceptual: The Reach of Theory in Contemporary Art” on Saturday, and “Biennials as Barometers of Social Transformation? Dublin Contemporary 2011: Art, Crisis, Change & the Office of Non-Compliance” and “In Conversation: Ed Halter and George Kuchar” on Sunday. We strongly recommend leaving work early to attend “In Conversation: Luis Camnitzer, Deborah Cullen, and Gabriel Perez-Barreiro” on Friday at 4:00, as Camnitzer’s current retrospective at El Museo del Barrio is one of the best shows in the city right now. The centerpiece of Armory Arts Week, the Armory Show runs in conjunction with VOLTA and Artprojx Cinema; a free shuttle bus will take fairgoers between Piers 92 and 94 and Volta (34th St. & Fifth Ave.) and the New Museum (235 Bowery).