BFA is available for customized private tours, lasting one and half hours, though longer tours can be arranged. The tours can include galleries, museums, artist studios, and public art built around the interests of the patron. They are geographically based allowing people to get an in-depth experience of a single
component. Each of these neighborhoods provides a unique niche in the world’s most sophisticated and varied art city.
Listed below are the most frequent places the private tours take place. Outside of Manhattan directions are allows provided and lunch spots recommended.
Tours can also be arranged in connection with other non-NYC destinations such as Storm King in Mountainville, NY.
Over 250 galleries are clustered between 10th and 11th Avenues from 17th to 29th Streets. The Dia Center opened here in 1987 on West 22 Street and pioneer dealers Paula Cooper, Barbara Gladstone, Metro Pictures and other top tier galleries moved here from Soho soon followed by adventurous galleries from Williamsburg. The renovation of the Highline, the old elevated freight train tracks turned into a botanical and art park, connects Chelsea galleries with the meatpacking district and the new Whitney Museum. The neighborhood combines grit of a former industrial neighborhood with trendy fashion boutiques and new buildings by Frank Gehry, Annabelle Seldorf, Shigeru Ban and Jean Nouvel.
Easy access and industrial buildings have made Soho a successful art district since the 1970’s. Many galleries have relocated to Chelsea, but important institutions like the Drawing Center and Artist’s Space and several excellent contemporary galleries still make this a destination.
Realtors call this area Chelsea, but when you’re closer to Port Authority than the Chelsea Market, it’s midtown. Dieu Donne, Lower Eastside Printshop, Elizabeth Foundation and most recently Sean Kelly Gallery contribute to this burgeoning area.
Powerhouse galleries such as Pace, Marlborough and Marian Goodman offer exhibitions by blue chip artists. With Christie’s and Phillips nearby it’s easy to preview the upcoming offerings.
Among tiny boutiques hidden in townhouses, the Upper Eastside galleries like Mnuchin, Richard Feigen, Craig Starr, and Jack Tilton offer more intimate and relaxed viewing in elegant surroundings.
Williamsburg, DUMBO, Red Hook and Gowanus; the newest art areas are in Brooklyn. Visit non-profit spaces like Smack Mellon and artist studios overlooking the Gowanus Canal or the East River and see a grittier side of the City.
Long Island City
A hop skip and a jump from midtown, this neighborhood has emerged as an important contemporary art scene hosting PS 1, MoMA’s contemporary art affiliate; as well as the Sculpture Center, the Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park and additional non profit centers as the Dorsky Curatorial Art Programs, Fisher Landau and Flux Factory.