July and August are slow season in the Chelsea art world, with some galleries taking the hottest months off, and others organizing group shows and reducing their hours, but it all whirs back to life tomorrow evening, for the Chelsea Art Walk, which spans over 125 galleries and all sorts of special events throughout the district all evening.
There will be lots of free beer and box wine to be had, along with more than a dozen artist and curator talks, guided visits and lectures. Most promising, though, are the performances and “activities,” among which Genevieve White’s “COLD CUTS” performance at Freight + Volume at 7pm will apparently involve actual cold cuts, so is technically catered.
At Pavel Zoubok Gallery Mark Wagner will cut up your dollar bills into souvenirs, and best and most inexplicably of all, Nicholas Robinson Gallery will have ping pong—on a shiny Rirkrit Tiravanija ping pong table?
There will also be some hard-to-resist sales, including the David Zwirner Pop-Up Summer Bookstore, 20-40 percent off certain books at photography galleries extraordinaire ClampArt and Rick Wester Fine Art, and best of all—at least for the millionaires amongst you—Jim Kemper Fine Art will be offering a whopping 10-40 percent discount on artworks by Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Dine, Chuck Close, and many more. If you’ve been holding off on buying that Rauschenberg for the living room, now’s the time!
The 2011 Chelsea Art Walk takes place tomorrow, July 28th, from 5-8pm.