Join us for a small-group tour of the art galleries in Chelsea in the company of a knowledgeable art critic. Get a broad overview of the galleries, visiting some of the area's pioneers, and some of the young art dealers' new and exciting programs.
What to Expect
In the company of a local curator, gallery owner or practicing artist, explore the diverse contemporary art scene Chelsea has to offer on this 3-hour tour. Whether you are well versed in the language of contemporary art or a curious novice, our small group (6 people max) gallery tour will introduce you to the latest installations by big name artists and emerging talent alike.
Focusing on the formerly industrial turned glamorous neighborhood of Chelsea, learn how this area became a nexus for the commercial gallery scene in the late 20th century. Exploring some of the city’s most well established galleries and early pioneers of Chelsea such as Mary Boone and Matthew Marks, you'll discuss the dichotomy of the New York art market and the museum world. You will also find your way to several smaller boutique and ephemeral “pop-up” spaces, often the showcase for emerging artists and experimental works, where you’ll learn about the many directions in which contemporary art is headed in the 21st century.
As installations and shows change rapidly in the gallery world, the exact course of your tour will vary from day to day. Relying on the insight and expertise of your guide, and focusing on some of the most interesting and exciting current installations, you’ll gain a solid understanding of the New York’s arts scene by the end of your tour.
Know Before You Go
The tour is conducted in small groups of max. 6 participants to give you the best experience you can get!
The minimum age for this tour is 12 years.
Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly with our local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored.